Kangana Ranaut has come out in support of The Kerala Story. (Photos: Instagram)
Earlier, in an exclusive interview with News18 Showsha, Adah Sharma also said that banning a movie without watching it is ‘not right’.
Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut on Tuesday said the ban imposed on The Kerala Story by some states was ‘unconstitutional’ after it was cleared by the CBFC. “Banning a film which has been passed by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) amounts to insulting the constitution. The ban on ‘The Kerala Story’ by some states is not correct,” she told reporters.
Directed by Sudipto Sen, The Kerala Story has polarised the political discourse in the country as it depicts how women from Kerala were forced to convert and recruited by the terror group Islamic State (IS). The West Bengal government had imposed a ban on the film on May 8, apprehending tensions among the communities. Theatres in Tamil Nadu had decided to stop its screening, citing the law-and-order situation and a poor audience turnout.
Last week, the Supreme Court stayed the West Bengal government’s order banning the film in the state and asked Tamil Nadu to ensure the safety of the moviegoers. According to Ranaut, people often complain that Bollywood does not make the kind of films they want to watch.
“When a film like The Kerala Story is made, people’s complaint is redressed. Such films help the film industry,” she said.
Earlier, in an exclusive interview with News18 Showsha, Adah Sharma also said that banning a movie without watching it is ‘not right’. She called it ‘a disrespect’ to the Central Board of Film Certification. “I feel the censor board is the official jury for all movies, everywhere. If they decide, maybe people should watch it and then have an opinion on it, whether they like it or not. But banning without watching? I don’t know. That’s not right. Then we are not respecting the censor board at all,” Adah told us.
The Kerala Story stars Adah Sharma in the lead, along with actors Yogita Bihani, Sonia Balani and Siddhi Idnani. The movie has so far raised over Rs 200 crore at the domestic box office.
(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)