• Sat. Jun 10th, 2023

Kerala’s story is ‘hate speech’, says Plea; SC rejects it and says “CBFC licensed this movie”

The Kerala Story is set to release on May 5.

The Kerala Story is set to release on May 5.

Filmmaker Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s upcoming film, The Kerala Story, has been making headlines ever since its teaser was unveiled.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear a plea seeking a stay on the release of ‘The Kerala Story’ film on the grounds that it is a ‘worst kind of hate speech’ and ‘audiovisual propaganda’ “.

A panel of judges KM Joseph and BV Nagarathna have been told by senior attorney Kapil Sibal and attorney Nizam Pasha that the trailer for the film, due out on Friday, has garnered 16 million views.

Pasha said, “This movie is the worst kind of hate speech. It’s completely audiovisual propaganda.”

The bench said: “There is a variety of hate speech. This film has obtained the certification and has been authorized by the council. It’s not like a person walks up to the podium and starts giving an uncontrolled speech. If you wish to challenge the release of the film, you must challenge the certification and via the appropriate forum”.

Sibal then said he would do whatever was necessary.

Justice Nagarathna said the petitioner should first approach the High Court. Pasha said there was no time left as the film is due out on Friday.

“It’s not a pitch. Otherwise, everyone will start coming to the Supreme Court,” the bench said.

Pasha said that is why he filed for intervention in the hate speech case. Judge Joseph said he may not be advising the petitioner, but to obtain proper relief, a substantial motion in writ must be filed.

Filmmaker Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s upcoming film, The Kerala Story, has been making headlines ever since its teaser was unveiled. It revolves around the stories of Hindu women from Kerala who were converted to Islam and trafficked to ISIS and other Islamic war zones in 2018-2019. It uncovers the events behind approximately 32,000 missing women in Kerala who were allegedly radicalized and deployed in terrorist missions in India and around the world. The trailer for the film sparked protests in Kerala and some parts of the country, as well as some political parties calling for a ban on the screening of the film.

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