The Supreme Court of India has refused to hear the petition filed against the release of the film ‘The Kerala Story‘. The apex court has stated that the petitioners can approach the Kerala High Court. The court also suggested that the High Court can consider early hearing in the case, considering the film’s release date on May 5th. The film has generated controversy for allegedly attempting to polarize communities in Kerala.

The controversy surrounding ‘The Kerala Story’ began when senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor made a tweet claiming that 32,000 women had converted to Islam in Kerala. He offered a reward of INR 1 crore to anyone who could provide evidence supporting his claim. The Kerala Youth Committee of the Muslim League responded by announcing that collection centers would be opened in every district on May 4 to gather evidence behind the claims made in the film.

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The Kerala Story’ to release with ‘A’ certificate and 10 cuts on May 5

The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, has also condemned the film and its alleged attempts at communal polarization. In a tweet, he stated that the film’s trailer had been deliberately created to spread hatred against Kerala and its people. He also alleged that the film was attempting to propagate the propaganda of the Sangh Parivar, which he described as the epicenter of religious extremism in Kerala.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has given the film an ‘A’ certificate with 10 cuts. The board’s inquiry committee had asked the makers of the film to make 10 changes, and to submit documentary proof of the figures used in the film. Many dialogues and scenes in the film have also been criticized by the censor board.

Despite these controversies, ‘The Kerala Story’ is scheduled to be released on May 5th. The film is directed by Rupesh Paul and produced by Sudhish Pillai. It stars Suneet Varma, Abhinav Kohli, and Akshay Radhakrishnan, among others. The film’s plot is said to revolve around the alleged conversion of Hindu women to Islam in Kerala.

The decision of the Supreme Court to refuse to hear the petition against the film has been met with mixed reactions. Some have criticized the court’s decision, arguing that the film has the potential to incite communal violence. Others have welcomed the decision, stating that the High Court is better equipped to deal with the matter.

Many have also expressed concern about the impact that the film could have on communal relations in Kerala. The state has a long history of communal harmony, and many fear that the film could undermine this delicate balance. Some have called for a boycott of the film, while others have urged the makers of the film to reconsider its content and message.

The controversy surrounding ‘The Kerala Story’ is likely to continue in the days and weeks ahead. The film’s release will be closely watched, and its impact on communal relations in Kerala will be carefully monitored. It remains to be seen whether the film will live up to its controversial reputation, or whether it will fade away into obscurity.

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‘The Kerala Story’ Is Touted For Release On May 5. Photos: Imdb

Kerala Youth Committee opens collection centers to provide evidence behind film’s claims

The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the petition against the film “The Kerala Story” has brought mixed reactions from different quarters. While some see it as a positive move that upholds the freedom of expression, others view it as a missed opportunity to address a sensitive issue.

The film has been at the center of controversy ever since its trailer was released. It depicts the alleged conversion of thousands of women to Islam in Kerala, and has been accused of spreading communal hatred and propaganda. The film’s makers, however, have defended it as a work of fiction that is based on true events.

The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the petition against the film has been welcomed by some as a victory for the freedom of expression. They argue that any attempt to ban the film or restrict its screening would have set a dangerous precedent and violated the filmmakers’ right to creative expression. Others have pointed out that the petitioners can still approach the Kerala High Court, and that the Supreme Court’s decision does not preclude the possibility of legal action in the future.

However, there are also those who view the Supreme Court’s decision as a missed opportunity to address a sensitive issue. They argue that the film has the potential to cause communal tensions in a state that has a history of religious harmony. They also point out that the film’s allegations of mass conversion have been debunked by many experts, and that the film’s makers have failed to provide any concrete evidence to support their claims.

In the midst of this controversy, the announcement by the Kerala Youth Committee of the Muslim League to open collection centers in every district to provide evidence behind the claims made in the film has added another dimension to the debate. The move has been seen as a proactive step by the Muslim community to counter the allegations made in the film, and to expose any attempts to spread communal hatred.

The CM of Kerala has also weighed in on the controversy, accusing the film of being deliberately created with the aim of communal polarization and to spread hatred against Kerala. He has warned that the film could lead to serious law and order issues, and has urged the people of Kerala to remain calm and united.

Meanwhile, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has given the film an ‘A’ certificate with 10 cuts. The board had asked the makers to make 10 changes in the film, and to submit documentary proof of the figures in the film. Many dialogues and scenes in the film have been criticized by the censor board.

As the release of “The Kerala Story” draws closer, tensions in Kerala are running high. Many are hoping that the film will not lead to any violence or unrest, and that the people of Kerala will continue to uphold the state’s tradition of religious harmony and tolerance.

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