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India’s top court rejects plea to stop world release of Padmavati

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NEW DELHI — India’s top court has rejected a legal attempt to block the global release of a Bollywood film ‘Padmavati’ which has sparked violent protests, warning against pre-judging the controversial historical epic.

Saying nobody should pre-judge the censors before the film is classified, a Supreme Court Bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Tuesday, dismissed a fresh petition seeking an order to restrain the producers of Padmavati from releasing it abroad.

India’s caste-based groups have been staging violent demonstrations against Padmavati amid rumors that it will depict a romance between a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler.

Speculation that the film will include a romantic liaison between Rajput queen Padmavati, also known as Rani Padmini, and the 13th and 14th century Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji, had enraged activists from the historically Hindu warrior caste.

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The epic was scheduled for release in India on December 1 but delayed indefinitely after the censor board refused to certify it.

“Responsible people in power and public office say certain things, and make comments on certain aspects, that violate the rule of law,” declared the bench.

“We are sure they will be guided by the basic premise under the rule of law and not venture outside.”

Lawyer M L Sharma also sought a direction to the CBI to register a case against film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and others for various ‘offences’, including defamation and violation of the Cinematography Act.

“Grave damage would be done to social harmony if the movie is allowed to be released outside India”, the petitioner argued.

A number of officials, including state leaders from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party, had vowed to ban screenings of the film in their jurisdictions unless controversial sections were removed.

The leader of a caste-related group also offered 50 million rupees ($769,000) to anyone who beheaded lead actress Deepika Padukone or director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

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In January protesters belonging to the Rajput Karni Sena caste-based group attacked Bhansali and vandalized the set during filming in Jaipur in Rajasthan.

Rajput Karni Sena accused the film’s makers of distorting historical facts. But some historians say the queen is a mythical character and there is no clear evidence that she even existed.

Lawyer Sharma, who brought the petition before the Supreme Court, had earlier failed to prevent the film’s release in India.

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Irrfan Khan diagnosed with NeuroEndocrine Tumour

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MUMBAI — Actor Irrfan Khan on Friday has revealed that he is diagnosed with NeuroEndocrine Tumour.

The 51-year-old star of dozens of Bollywood films, as well as Hollywood movies Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi, is suffering from a rare neuroendocrine tumour, according to the message he has posted on Twitter.

“The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about. Learning that I have been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour as of now has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me and that I found within me has brought me to a place of hope,” he said.

“The journey of this is taking me out of the country, and I request everyone to continue sending their wishes. As for the rumours that were floated, neuro is not always about the brain and Googling is the easiest way to do research 😉 To those who waited for my words, I hope to be back with more stories to tell.”

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Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) are most commonly located in the intestine, lungs or pancreas, and can be cancerous or non-cancerous. No further details were given about his condition and one of Khan’s representatives told Associated Press he had no further information.

His revelation comes days after the internationally known acclaimed actor left fans worried by informing them via social media that his life had been shaken up by a ‘rare disease’.

Khan on Monday had tweeted, “Sometimes you wake up with a jolt with life shaking you up. The last fifteen days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease. I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will. My family and friends are with me and we are working it out the best way possible. In trying times, please don’t speculate as I will myself share with you my story within a week – ten days, when the further investigations come with a conclusive diagnosis. Till then, wish the best for me”.

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