If someone told a normal cinema-goer that “The Kerala Story” would be a blockbuster in less than a week, the immediate reaction would be, “You’ve gotta be kidding me!” But then, none can ascertain the choices of the Indian public. Thanks to the mammoth collections, the makers have now decided to give the detractors a taste of their own medicine.
Now, let’s find out over why the makers of “The Kerala Story” have sued the Bengal and Tamil Nadu governments over the ban, and why this could be a game changer.
The publicity “The Kerala Story” never expected
Well, to be honest, no stone was left unturned to make sure that “The Kerala Story” doesn’t see the light of the day. Despite the clearance by Censor Board [albeit with 10 cuts], there are still some super intellectuals who think that the film deserves a lifetime ban, and have approached the Supreme Court once again.
However, they’re in for a rude shock. To begin with, while Tamil Nadu has unofficially blocked the release over “law and order issues”, Bengal has officially banned the screening of the film in any place. Videos of cops going the extra mile to ensure the ban is carried out have also emerged as well.
Now, in a resolute move, the creators have opted to pursue legal recourse, intending to hold both the administrators accountable for their actions. Vipul Amrutlal Shah, in his unwavering stance, asserts that such arbitrary bans are impermissible, particularly in light of the Supreme Court’s prior exoneration. It is interesting to note that the Chief Justice of India (CJI) has consented to entertain the plea, scheduling a hearing on the 12th of May for the arguments against the ban, followed by a separate hearing on the 15th of May to consider the case presented by the proponents of the ban.
Little is known to the general populace, and it remains an indigestible truth for those immersed in the realms of left-liberal intelligentsia, that the case put forth by the makers now boasts multiple compelling facets. Firstly, echoing the sentiments expressed by the esteemed jury of the Supreme Court, when a film has been granted clearance by the esteemed Censor Board, the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court becomes limited in this regard. Moreover, it is vital to comprehend that a legal battle cannot be waged solely on the foundation of persuasive language; it necessitates the presence of substantiated EVIDENCE.
What kind of evidence do the people demanding the ban have in their favour, with respect to the movie disturbing the law and order? Echoing the sentiments, Vipul Amrutal Shah mentioned,
“If a State Government or a private person will try to stop the film, then we will try every legal route possible. In Tamil Nadu, one individual has threatened and forced the Government to stop the release,” he said without naming anyone.
Vipul further added, “Our PM has spoken about this film. Other important political parties have talked about the film and have presented this subject as something of national importance. There are some people who have supported and some have opposed. Now no one can ignore it on the national level, which is a huge achievement for us.”
Besides, Supreme Court has had a similar case, wherein they had castigated the Mamata govt. for banning a movie on the basis of whimsical complaints. In 2019, they had revoked the dictatorial ban on a Bengali film, Bhobishyoter Bhoot, just because it was a political satire, that was allegedly critical of the ruling TMC govt, though there was no credible evidence to back up the same.
As such, it would be a surprise if Supreme Court actually backs the anarchists demanding an outright ban, for the last thing it can afford is being portrayed as “terror sympathizers”. This would be neither good for the image of the current bench of the Supreme Court, nor beneficial for the national interests either. Besides, by imposing outright bans, MK Stalin and Mamata Banerjee have done exactly what the makers needed: make the movie so prominent that a ban only invigorates the public to experience it by all means possible.
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