The states are not only prevented from disabling free expression, but also have a positive role in enabling it
The upcoming film Padmaavat has found itself in the eye of a storm for some months now, having drawn bitter opposition from Rajput groups. Sets have been vandalized. Those involved with the movie have either been physically harmed, or received public threats. It has been the subject matter of litigation in various courts. It went through rigorous scrutiny at the hands of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which constituted an expert committee, and finally advised certain alterations, including a suggestion to change the name from Padmavati to Padmaavat, in order to emphasize that the film was inspired by the epic poem of the same name penned by Malik Muhammad Jayasi (and, consequently, distance itself from claims that it seeks to distort historical events about the life of Rani Padmavati). However, even after receiving a U/A certificate from the CBFC, the release has been marred by efforts by certain state governments to ban the exhibition of the movie.