The controversy over The Kerala Story has now reached England. The film was to release there on 12 May. People had also bought tickets, but the screening of the film was stopped at the last moment. Some Indian people there said that they have got a refund mail.
It is written in that mail that the British Censor Board did not give the certificate to the film, due to which the release of the film has been postponed. Selling of tickets from all websites has also been banned. There the film was about to be released on 31 screens.
Talking to Times of India, a woman named Saloni said, ‘Many people had bought tickets to watch the film. The screening was also 95% full, but a mail arrived at the last moment. It was written in that mail – British Board of Film Classification i.e. BBFC could not give age certification to this film. Because of which we have to cancel your booking. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to you. We are sending your refund. Saloni said that she had bought 3 tickets to watch the movie.
It was said on behalf of BBFC, ‘The certification of the film The Kerala Story is still in process. The film will be screened in UK theaters as soon as it gets the age rating certificate. The film’s distributor in the UK, Suresh Varsani, expressed his dismay and said that he was forced to call up all theater owners asking them not to release the film. It is illegal to show a film in the UK without permission from the censor board.
Suresh Varsani said, ‘I submitted everything related to the film to the Censor Board on May 10. I had presented all the three versions (Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam) of the film to the censor board. He watched one version on May 10, while the other two versions were watched the next day. Accordingly, the age certification was to be done on the same day. When we questioned him, he did not have a straight answer.
Suresh says that he has been in this business for many years but he is facing such a situation for the first time. Suresh asked why the Censor Board is taking more than three days to give a certificate. Even America, Australia, Canada and Ireland have given green signal to the film. Suresh said that he has suffered a loss of Rs 40 to 50 lakh so far due to this.
According to a Times of India report, some Hindu and Jain organizations in the UK have written to the BBFC and requested that the film be released by settling the matter soon. The Kerala Story has crossed the Rs 100 crore mark in India. The film has collected Rs 19.50 crore on its ninth day i.e. Saturday. In this way the total earning of the film has gone up to Rs 112.99 crore. The figures of this film made in about 30 to 35 crores are shocking.
It has surpassed the collection of Salman Khan’s film Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan in just 9 days. Kisi Ki Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan has so far collected Rs 109.29 crore. To beat a big starcast and big budget film so easily shows The Kerala Story’s achievement.