High Court refuses to stay release of ‘The Kerala Story’ film

5 May, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma

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The Kerala High Court declined on Friday to order a delay in the release of the movie "The Kerala Story."

The Kerala High Court declined on Friday to order a delay in the release of the movie “The Kerala Story.”
The High Court today asked petitioners how the movie, which it noted is fiction and not history, would create sectarianism and conflict in the society, asserting that secular Kerala society will accept the film for what it is. The court wanted to know if the entire caravan violated social norms.

“Nothing will happen just because the film is screened. The teaser of the film was released in November. What was offensive in the film? What is wrong in saying that Allah is the only God? The country gives the citizen the right to believe in their religion and God and spread it. What was offensive in the trailer?,” the court observed while considering a batch of petitions seeking to cancel the censor certificate of the film.

“So many movies have already come out about such organizations. There have been references against Hindu monks and Christian priests in many films before. Did you see all this in the way of fiction? What is so special now? How does this movie create sectarianism and conflict in the society?” the court observed.

The petitioners claimed that the movie would poison innocent viewers’ minds. The petitioners claimed that no organisation has yet discovered that “Love Jihad” exists in Kerala.

The issue was discussed by a division bench made up of Justices N Nagaresh and Mohammed Nias CP.

The movie, directed by Sudipto Sen and produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, has caused a significant political controversy, with numerous leaders responding to the upcoming film.

Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Siddhi Idnani, and Sonia Balani play the lead characters in “The Kerala Story.” Sen’s movie “The Kerala Story” received criticism for its trailer, which implied that 32,000 state residents went missing before joining ISIS.

After receiving criticism, the film’s creators removed the figure and changed the description of the trailer to read, “The story of three women from Kerala.”

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