International Desk: Sudipta Sen’s controversial film ‘The Kerala Story’ has been banned in West Bengal even before its release. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjeel has given strict orders that this film cannot be shown in any cinema hall in West Bengal. Mamata also directed the chief secretary to take appropriate steps in this regard.
‘The Kerala Story’ has been termed as a provocative film. Because of this picture may create unrest in the state, that is why the decision to ban it. ‘The scenes shown in this movie are dangerous for the peace and order of the state’ – this is the official statement.
In a notification, the Indian state government told the media, “The film ‘The Kerala Story’ has been banned in West Bengal to maintain peace and harmony in the state. Fearing that the scenes shown in this movie could be dangerous to the peace and order of the state, the screening of this film was banned in all districts including Kolkata. This decision of the state administration is to maintain peace and order.”
Earlier, ‘The Kerala Story’ was removed from cinema halls in Tamil Nadu. But that is the decision of the Tamil Nadu Theater Owners Association. This is the first time that ‘The Kerala Story’ has been officially banned in any state of the country.
Why does the controversy surround this picture? What is in this picture? Ever since the release of the teaser of this film, there has been controversy. Then, as time went on, the fire of controversy spread around Sudipta Sen’s film. The shocking incident of Hindu and Christian girls in the southern state of Kerala being tricked into accepting Islam and joining the terrorist organization ISIS has emerged in this film.
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Political parties like the Left-Congress have termed this story of violence against Hindu girls as ‘anti-Islam’ and a ‘propaganda picture’. The Pinarayi Vijayan government of Kerala criticized the film but did not ban the film.