Freedom of Speech and Expression under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India has always been a highly sensitive and dominating topic of discussion when it comes to its enforcement in the public domain. The decision on whether a particular piece of art, maybe visual or audio or audio-visual, is demeaning and hurtful to the sentiments of a specific sector of the public is a matter of strict judicial review and no body of persons other than the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) can enforce their direct decision over the showcasing of such pieces of art within the public sphere.
The Rajasthan High Court in S.B. Criminal Misc (Pet.) No. 737/2017 pronounced its judgment into the FIR filed against the Director and Actors of the Film, Padmaavat, which is a fictitious enactment of historic personalities of Medieval India. With the recent acts of violence that were witnessed around the release of the Film, the Hon’ble Rajasthan High Court has delved into understanding the portrayal of the 14th Century King and Queen of Chittor and why it has not hurt the feelings of anyone nor was it aimed at promoting enmity between any sections of society but rather it is a mere portrayal of history in a more creative aspect.
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