Indian Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, lead of the film 'Padmaavat', visits the Hindu Siddhivinayak Temple ahead of the film's release in Mumbai on January 23, 2018./ AFP / Punit PARANJPE
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India's Supreme Court Tuesday rejected bids by two states to re-instate a ban on the release of controversial Bollywood film "Padmaavat", saying it stood by its previous ruling clearing the way for the movie to be shown in theaters.The government of the northwestern state of Rajasthan had argued it wanted to avoid public unrest by banning the film. On Monday Rajasthan and the central state of Madhya Pradesh, both run by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, asked the court to reconsider its earlier ruling.The court had issued its initial ruling last week at the behest of the film's producers after four states, including Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, had sought to ban the film, despite clearance by a film certification panel.
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