Vipul Shah appeals the Aarakshan judgement in an attempt to overturn West Bengal’s ban on The Kerala Story
Reactions to The Kerala Story have been quite divisive across the country. In light of the government of Tamil Nadu’s decision to prevent the film from being shown in theatres, the government of West Bengal has also asked for a ban on the film. Vipul Shah, the film‘s producer, has petitioned the Supreme Court to lift the ban on the movie.
Attorney Ameet Naik is currently preparing the lawsuit on behalf of the director. The Aarakshan judgement will be used as evidence. No state can prohibit the showing of a film that has been given the all-clear by the Central Board of Film Certification. According to a statement “the case will be filed under Article 32 against the ban on the film in Bengal and Tamil Nadu.” Individuals who believe they have been “unduly deprived” of a constitutional right may file a petition with India’s highest court under Article 32 of the country’s constitution.
After threats to law and order, the film’s exhibitors in Tamil Nadu pulled it from theatres, and Shah plans to sue them.
Despite some negative press, last week’s publication of The Kerala Story helped it earn nearly Rs 35 crore in its first weekend.