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The Kerala Story: Centre warns of potential clashes over screening of Adah Sharma-starrer

The Kerala Story has caused concerns of law and order in many parts of the country. 

The Kerala Story: Centre warns of potential clashes over screening of Adah Sharma-starrer
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Last Updated: 07.24 PM, May 16, 2023


In a bid to maintain law and order, the Central government has reportedly issued a directive to all state and union territory administrations across India, urging them to proactively prevent any untoward incidents related to the screening of The Kerala Story . This move comes in the wake of recent clashes in Maharashtra triggered by controversial social media posts, resulting in a fatality and multiple injuries.

The decision to issue the order stems from intelligence inputs received from central agencies, which have indicated potential conflicts between communities in connection with the movie. 

Several states across the country also expressed concerns over the possible law and order issues that could arise from the screening of the controversial movie. The West Bengal government has already banned the movie citing the same reasons. And in Tamil Nadu, the movie was removed from all the screens just a few days after its release on account of "potential law and order issues and lack of reception from the general public as reasons for the move”. 

The producers of The Kerala Story have challenged the bans in the court. The Supreme Court is hearing the pleas of the producers and has also asked the state governments to file their responses. 

In Kerala, The Kerala Story didn't find any takers . Despite all the controversies that movie failed to ignite curiosity among the movie buffs in the state. 

The Kerala Story is said to be inspired by the true events in Kerala. It follows the story of three women who get radicalised and join the terror outfits. However, the filmmakers were in the soup when the teaser claimed that the film represented the plight of "32,000 women in Kerala" . After they came under fire as many demanded proof to support their claims, the filmmakers changed the description and said the film narrated the ordeal of "3 Malayali women." 

Written and directed by Sudipto Sen, The Kerala Story stars Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Sonia Balani, and Siddhi Idnani.

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