INDIA: A big win for The Kerala Story, as the Supreme Court lifted the West Bengal Government’s ban on the movie. The highly controversial movie entered the 100cr club within days of its release, and the film is heavily trending at the box office as well as on the internet.
The Kerala Story was earlier banned in Bengal by Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee. Bengal CM said that the film was banned in order to maintain peace in the state. However, the SC order brings the film back to the screens.
Now, the film’s producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah, urged Bengal CM to watch the film as they are waiting to hear a ‘valid criticism’ from her side.
The producer, during a media interaction, said, “I’d want to tell Mamata Didi, with folded hands, to watch this film with us and discuss it with us if she finds anything of interest.
He added, “We would like to hear all of her legitimate criticisms and express our viewpoints…This is the democracy we get to discuss. We can come to an agreement. We can talk about our disagreements. This is my request, and we shall await your response.”
Previously, Director Sudipto Sen reacted to the ban on The Kerala Story. He called it ‘illegal’ and praised the verdict. Currently, the filmmaker is reigning at the heights of success and is surrounded by positive feedback from cinephiles.
However, reacting to the ban, he said, “No state can prohibit a film after it has been approved by the Censor Board. This ban was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court demonstrated once again that everyone has the right to view the film; you may or may not agree with it, but you cannot stop someone forcefully.
“We have always had faith in the Supreme Court…Thank you to everyone who helped us, especially the people of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu who contacted me. They can see the movie the next day,” he added.