The Kerala Story director Sudpito Sen: Mamata Banerjee’s decision to ban my film politically motivated

‘Without watching the film, how could she decide that it is a threat to law and order?’ he said
The Kerala Story director Sudpito Sen: Mamata Banerjee’s decision to ban my film politically motivated

Director Sudipto Sen recently reacted to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s decision to ban his film The Kerala Story in the state. On Monday, Banerjee ordered an immediate ban on the screening of the film to avoid “any incident of hatred and violence.”

As quoted by news agency ANI, Sen said it is “unfortunate” that the CM banned his film without even watching it. He also said that Banerjee and MP Mohua Moitra are champions of free speech and that the CM’s decision was “politically motivated.”

“It is really unfortunate. Didi, without watching the film, how could she decide that it is a threat to law and order? Kolkata has gone and watched the film with wholeheartedness. The first four days have been packed houses, my film has been announced as an unprecedented blockbuster. Kolkata has seen the film with its heart. Not a single untoward incident has happened. Nobody reported any kind of agitation in front of cinema halls,” he said.

“They have blessed me because I am a Bengali. They have blessed me that I made a film about such a sensitive issue. But suddenly, yesterday evening, I don’t know what input Mamata didi got, she banned the film. Mamata didi and Mahua Moitra are the champions of free speech, they are the champions of democratic values, they are the champions of human rights. They always stood up… When the BBC documentary was being banned, they stood up against that. When Padmaavat was banned, Mamata Banerjee was the first political leader to support the film. This kind of comment and action from her is pretty unfortunate. It is a politically motivated and misguided decision. I request her to watch the film and decide if this film may pose any law and order issue,” he added.

In contrast to the ban in West Bengal, state governments in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have made The Kerala Story tax-free. The film has made Rs 45 crore in the country in four days since its release.

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