New Delhi ,
Shabana Azmi has come out in support of the film ‘The Kerala Story’, which has been the subject of controversy in recent days. The film depicts a story of how young Hindu women in Kerala are being targeted and converted to Islam by conspirators to incorporate them into the Islamic State. Many people across the country have objected to the film’s story, and some multiplexes in Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, stopped screening the film on Sunday.
Despite the objections, the film has been doing very well at the box office, earning more than 35 crores in just three days. Sudipto Sen, the director of the film, has received support from Azmi, who tweeted that those calling for a ban on the film are wrong, just as those who wanted to ban Aamir Khan’s Lal Singh Chadha.
Those who speak of banning #The Kerala Story are as wrong as those who wanted to ban Aamir Khan’s #Laal Singh Chaadha. Once a film has been passed by the Central Board of Film Certification nobody has the right to become an extra constitutional authority .
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) May 8, 2023
The controversy surrounding the film has sparked a debate across the country, with many arguing that the film exaggerates the issue and will work to provoke society. On the other hand, some believe that the film is necessary to raise awareness of the plight of young women in Kerala.
When a film receives a certificate from the Censor Board of Film Certification, there is no role for any other constitutional authority. Therefore, those who are calling for a ban on the film are going against the legal process. The film has been cleared by the censor board, and it is up to the audience to decide whether or not they want to watch it.
It is worth noting that the controversy surrounding the film has only helped to increase its popularity. People who may not have otherwise known about the film are now curious to see what all the fuss is about. This is not the first time a film has courted controversy, and it certainly won’t be the last. However, what is important is that freedom of speech is upheld and people are allowed to express themselves through their art.
At the end of the day, ‘The Kerala Story’ is a film that has a message, and it is up to the audience to decide whether or not they agree with it. It is not up to a few individuals to decide what the rest of the country should watch or not watch. The beauty of cinema is that it allows us to see the world through different perspectives, and we should embrace that.
In conclusion, the controversy surrounding ‘The Kerala Story’ has only helped to increase its popularity. Shabana Azmi’s support for the film has added to its legitimacy, and it is important that the legal process is followed when it comes to such matters. Ultimately, it is up to the audience to decide whether or not they want to watch the film. It is a story that needs to be told, and it is important that freedom of speech is upheld.