West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said the judgment to ban The Kerala Story has been made to “maintain peace” in the state and avoid violence.
Mamata Banerjee bans The Kerala Story
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced a ban on Sudipto Sen’s film The Kerala Story. Since the release of the trailer, the film has sparked debate. The trailer received widespread criticism for claiming that 32,000 girls from Kerala went missing and later joined the terrorist group ISIS.
According to News agency ANI Mamata Banerjee said, “West Bengal govt has decided to ban the movie The Kerala Story. This is to avoid any incident of hatred and violence, and to maintain peace in the state.”
She also said, “What is The Kashmir files? it is to humiliate one section. What is The Kerala story?… It is a distorted story.” Reacting to the decision, film producer Vipul Shah said, “If that is what she has done, we will take legal action. Whatever is possible under the provisions of law, we will fight.”
It Seems Mamata Didi is Scared #BengalFiles 😅
Mamata Banerjee Certifies West Bengal as a "Peaceful State" When Conversion Violence & Rape of Hindu Girls Happening on Regular Basis
While Banning The Kerala Story In West Bengal Mamata Banerjee Said " What is #TheKashmirFiles ?… pic.twitter.com/7gVl89kDL5
— 𝗔𝗵𝗮𝗺 𝗕𝗿𝗮𝗵𝗺𝗮𝘀𝗺𝗶 (@TheRudra1008) May 9, 2023
Strict action will be taken against any theatre found showing the film, a West Bengal government official told PTI.
‘The Kerala Story’ producer reacts
Now, Vipul Shah, producer of the controversial ‘The Kerala Story’ movie, said legal action isn’t ruled out if state governments ban the movie. His reaction comes after West Bengal and Tamil Nadu banned the screening of the movie.
#WATCH | Reacting on his film #TheKeralaStory being banned in West Bengal, film's producer Vipul Shah says, "If that is what she has done, we will take legal action. Whatever is possible under the provisions of law, we will fight." https://t.co/FY3Qz8cljK pic.twitter.com/LeY23flUOg
— ANI (@ANI) May 8, 2023
“If that (ban of the movie) is what she (West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee) has done, we will take legal action. Whatever is possible under the provisions of law, we will fight,” said Shah in Mumbai.
“Their (Opposition) face is getting exposed, they’re doing appeasement and vote bank politics. By banning the film (The Kerala Story), West Bengal is committing injustice. Recently only, a girl was raped and murdered in Bengal… what are you ( Mamata Banerjee) getting by standing up for such terrorists,” said Union I&B Minister Anurag Thakur.
#WATCH | "Their (opposition) face is getting exposed, they're doing appeasement and vote bank politics. By banning the film (The Kerala Story), West Bengal is committing injustice. Recently only, a girl was raped & murdered in Bengal…what are you ( Mamata Banerjee) getting by… pic.twitter.com/D7ctBVXReJ
— ANI (@ANI) May 8, 2023
Following a ban in West Bengal, sharp reactions come in against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Take a look at these Tweets.
People of WB got angry with the idiotic move of West Bengal gvt to banned #TheKerlaStory .This indicates that WB gvt is supporting the "M" propaganda. Though Mamata always talks about Free Speech, just Look at her duplicity how She banned a movie just to please the M-Vote bank. pic.twitter.com/ytOfqAD4t7
— Priyanka Sharma 🇮🇳 (@Priyankabjym) May 8, 2023
Didi can't stop #TheKerlaStory from running at the #BoxOffice of #WestBengal. People demand that #TheKerlaStory run in West Bengal.
Don't #GoBackAmitShah West Bengalpic.twitter.com/PHPfESkSIv
— Shamoli Das (@das_shamoli) May 9, 2023
#TheKerlaStory को बैन कर ममता बनर्जी ने साबित कर दिया वह आतंकी संगठन #ISIS का समर्थन कर रही हैं।
— सनातनी दीपक 🚩 (@Biharwale04) May 8, 2023
This is called 'Real Fascism'
Bengal police came to stop a housefull show of 'The Kerala Story' pic.twitter.com/5LyQDdfQCo
— THE INTREPID 🇮🇳 (@Theintrepid_) May 9, 2023
This is what fascism looks like… Mamata Banerjee has reduced Bengal to being a police state. Even tinpot dictators aren’t so highhanded…
The notification from the West Bengal Govt banning the film, was with immediate effect, with no notice to distributors or cinema goers… pic.twitter.com/b9Um73zopt
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) May 8, 2023
She made a huge mistake. She doesn't know Bengalis…If she is banning #TheKeralaStory, it seems Mamata Banerjee is anti-Hindu, anti-India & anti-women. The film is based on ISIS & nothing else. It means she is trying to ban this film to hide something. She is banning a film by… https://t.co/FY3Qz8cljK pic.twitter.com/L4mVcVCcc4
— ANI (@ANI) May 8, 2023
Mamata Banerjee bans #KeralaStory in West Bengal.
Stalin Govt didn't provide security so Tamil Nadu Theaters have stopped screening #KeralaStory
One by one all Non BJP states are banning the movie.
Meanwhile PM Modi promoted the movie & BJP state Govt giving tax free status. pic.twitter.com/BaZH3b1Hb3
— Arun Pudur (@arunpudur) May 8, 2023
#WATCH | It is very unfortunate that Mamata Banerjee without watching the film has banned it. Not a single untoward incident has happened in the state because of the film. The decision to ban the film is politically motivated. I request her to watch the film and then take any… pic.twitter.com/qZQ8BlYlBt
— ANI (@ANI) May 9, 2023