A hearing was held in the Supreme Court on Tuesday in the case related to The Kerala Story film. The Tamil Nadu government, while filing its reply in the court, said that they have not banned the film. The audience itself is not going to watch the film due to which the theater owners have stopped the screening of the film.
At the same time, the West Bengal government said in its reply that there is hate speech in the film. Also this film is based on manipulated facts. This may create communal tension and law and order problem in the state.
In an affidavit filed by the Tamil Nadu government, it was said that the government can provide security in theatres, but cannot bring the audience. Multiplex owners themselves do not want to film. This decision is theirs. He called off the screenings due to criticisms attached to the film, lack of big stars and poor performance. The state government has no role in this.
The Tamil Nadu government also denied the allegations of shadow banning of film makers. The government said that the film was released in 19 multiplexes and the film makers do not have any written proof that the film screening has been stopped by the government.
On May 5, Muslim organizations protested against the Kerala story at about 20 places. This was followed by protests in Chennai on 6 May and again in Coimbatore the next day. A total of nine cases were registered against the protesters, five in Chennai and four in Coimbatore.
The film ‘The Kerala Story’ is based on the conversion of girls from different communities to Islam and their induction into ISIS. At the same time, Muslim organizations, human rights activists and some political parties are calling this film defamatory of Islam and Kerala.
Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor had tweeted about the film on 30 April. While sharing the poster of the film, he wrote, ‘This may be your Kerala story, this is not our Kerala story.’