‘The Kerala Story’ Why Tamil Nadu multiplexes decided to stop screening
In a shocking move, several multiplexes in Tamil Nadu have stopped screening the controversial documentary film ‘The Kerala Story’ by Sudipto Sen from today. The film, released on May 1, has been facing protests and boycotts from various groups and political parties in the state, who allege that it portrays Kerala in a negative and biased manner.
The movie, which claims to be a “true story of Kerala’s development model”, covers various aspects of the state’s history, culture, politics, economy, and society. It also features interviews with prominent personalities from Kerala, such as former chief minister Oommen Chandy, writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair, historian M.G.S. Narayanan, and filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
However, the story has been accused of being a propaganda tool for the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala and spreading misinformation and lies about the state. Some allegations against the film are that it glorifies communism and violence, ignores the contributions of other political parties and social movements, insults the Tamil language and culture, and distorts historical facts.
#Multiplexes stop screening of the controversial #TheKeralaStory from today (Sunday) all over #TamilNadu!
They have cited “potential law and order issues and lack of reception from general public as reasons for the move!”.
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) May 7, 2023
The film has also been criticized for its poor quality and lack of research. Many viewers have pointed out factual errors and inconsistencies in the story, such as showing wrong dates, names and locations. Some have also questioned the credibility and motive of the filmmaker, known for his pro-Left views and activism.
The film’s release in Tamil Nadu has sparked outrage and resentment among the people of the state, who share a long and complex relationship with Kerala. Many have expressed their solidarity with the protesters and demanded that the movie be banned or withdrawn from the theatres. Some have also threatened to vandalize or boycott the multiplexes that screen the movie.
The multiplex owners have cited security reasons and public sentiment as the main factors behind their decision to stop screening the film. They have also claimed that the film has received poor response from the audience and failed to generate revenue. They have said they will resume screening the film only if the situation improves or if they receive any assurance from the government or police.
The filmmaker, Sudipto Sen, has condemned the multiplexes’ decision and accused them of succumbing to pressure from political parties and vested interests. He has defended his film as a truthful and objective account of Kerala’s achievements and challenges. He has also appealed to the people of Tamil Nadu to watch the film with an open mind and judge it for themselves.