New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the West Bengal and Tamil Nadu governments on the plea of the makers of the film ‘The Kerala Story’, challenging the decision to ban the film in their respective states.
The Supreme Court sought a response from West Bengal and Tamil Nadu governments and posted the hearing of the plea on Monday.
The Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said “The movie is being exhibited all over the country, why should West Bengal ban the movie, why should you not allow it to run? The film is running in different parts of the country with similar demographic profiles. This has nothing to do with the cinematic value of the movie, it may be good or bad,”.
Earlier, the West Bengal government in a notification, said that the movie ‘The Kerala Story’ is “likely to cause a breach of peace” and that it has prohibited the screening of the film to avoid “any incident of hatred or violence to maintain law and order in the state”.
On the decision to ban the film, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “It is to avoid any incident of hatred and violence, and maintain peace in the state.”
Reacting to the ban, Vipul Amrutlal Shah, the producer of the film, said they will pursue legal options against the decision.
“If the state government won’t listen to us, we will explore legal avenues. However, whatever course we take will be based on legal advice,” Shah had told ANI.
‘The Kerala Story’ stars Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Siddhi Idnani and Sonia Balani in lead roles.
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