Indian Supreme Court lifts ban on release of Bollywood film

Deepika Padukone
Updated 18 January 2018
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Indian Supreme Court lifts ban on release of Bollywood film

NEW DELHI: India’s top court has overturned a ban imposed by several states on the release of a Bollywood epic about a mythical queen.
The Supreme Court said the ban, which followed violent protests by members of the Hindu right who claimed the film falsely depicted a romance between the queen and a Muslim ruler, violated creative freedoms.
India’s film censor board had cleared “Padmaavat” for release subject to certain changes, but at least four states said they would ban its screening.
“Cinemas are an inseparable part of right to free speech and expression,” said Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
“States... cannot issue notifications prohibiting the screening of a film.”
Harish Salve, a lawyer representing the movie’s producers, said the states “cannot ban screening to appease their political constituency.”
Such a move would “lead to constitutional breakdown,” he told The Hindu newspaper.
Last January protesters from a hard-line Hindu group attacked the film’s director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and vandalized the set during filming in Rajasthan.
The leader of the group also offered 50 million rupees ($769,000) to anyone who “beheaded” lead actress Deepika Padukone or Bhansali.
Protesters attacked another set near Mumbai in March, burning costumes and other props.
“Every story can’t be told how bullies want it,” tweeted author and screenwriter Chetan Bhagat in response to the court’s ruling.
“Artists, just as anyone else, have freedom to express in India. The states involved should respect decision and curb bullies.”


Footballer Kompany’s dad first black mayor in Belgium

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Footballer Kompany’s dad first black mayor in Belgium

  • Pierre Kompany, 71, arrived in Belgium in 1975 as a refugee from what was then Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Kompany was head of the centrist CDH list in Sunday’s municipal election in Ganshoren, a bilingual French and Dutch speaking town of 25,000

BRUSSELS: Pierre Kompany, the father of Manchester City captain and Belgian international defender Vincent, became Belgium’s first black elected mayor on Monday after his party topped the poll in the Brussels suburb Ganshoren.
Pierre Kompany, 71, arrived in Belgium in 1975 as a refugee from what was then Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, and has since been naturalized as a citizen and entered politics.
He was head of the centrist CDH list in Sunday’s municipal election in Ganshoren, a bilingual French and Dutch speaking town of 25,000 just outside the Belgian capital, and will take office in December.
“He’s the first black mayor in Belgium,” Vincent declared on Instagram. “It has never happened before. It’s historic. We’re all delighted. Bravo to my father.”
In 2014, a local councillor of Congolese origin, Denis Liselele, served as temporary mayor in the Belgian town of Sambreville after the elected town leader was suspended during a court case.