The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on May 9 introduced that they’ll make ‘The Kerala Story’ tax-free. Uttar Pradesh turns into the second state to declare the film tax-free, after Madhya Pradesh. Notably, the film is dealing with protests in a number of states and it’s banned in West Bengal.
“‘The Kerala Story’ will be made tax-free in Uttar Pradesh,” the chief minister mentioned in a tweet in Hindi.
‘The Kerala Story’ उत्तर प्रदेश में टैक्स फ्री की जाएगी।
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) May 9, 2023
Amid rising protests throughout completely different states of India, the Uttar Pradesh cupboard is all set to observe the particular screening of the film to be organised at Lok Bhawan, the chief minister’s secretariat mentioned. On May 6, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan declared the film tax-free, with this MP turned the first state to take action.
“The film shows how the (life of) daughters who get entangled in the trap of love jihad get destroyed. It also exposes the design of terrorism”, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan mentioned in a video message.
“While we have already brought a law against (forced) conversion, the film creates awareness about the issue. This film should be watched by all and that’s why the Madhya Pradesh government is declaring the film tax-free,” he added.
आतंकवाद की भयावह सच्चाई को उजागर करती फिल्म ‘The Kerala Story’ मध्यप्रदेश में टैक्स फ्री की जा रही है। pic.twitter.com/l5oizjqK7j
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) May 6, 2023
UP BJP secretary Raghvendra Mishra had just lately proven the film to 100 woman college students in Lucknow.
Last yr, the UP CM had additionally watched Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Samrat Prithviraj’ at a particular screening after declaring the film tax-free in the state.
Notably, The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) authorities in Uttarakhand is more likely to declare the Adah Sharma-starrer film tax-free in the state.
During the Karnataka meeting polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi additionally supported the film as he mentioned, “The movie ‘The Kerala Story’ is trying to expose the consequences of terrorism in society, especially in a state like Kerala which is a beautiful land of hardworking, talented and intellectual people. The Congress party is now trying to ban the film and support the terror elements”, Modi mentioned at a ballot rally in Ballari final week.
It is pertinent to say that, the Trinamool Congress authorities banned the film in West Bengal on May 8. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned, “West Bengal govt has decided to ban the movie The Kerala Story. This is to avoid any incident of hatred and violence, and to maintain peace in the state”.
While taking a dig at ‘The Kashmir Files’, the Chief Minister said, “What was ‘The Kashmir Files’? It was meant purely to humiliate a particular section of society. What is ‘The Kerala Story’? It is a distorted story”. The CM instructed the state chief secretary to withdraw the film from all theatres the place it was taking part in.
The film’s producer, Vipul Amrutlal Shah, reacted to the ban and mentioned they’d search authorized recourse to problem the State Government’s determination. Shah mentioned, “If the state government won’t listen to us, we will explore legal avenues. However, whatever course we take will be based on legal advice,”
BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar slammed the ruling TMC authorities’s transfer and claimed Mamata Banerjee desires to “close her eyes to the reality”.
The BJP chief mentioned, “CM Mamata Banerjee has banned the film ‘The Kerala Story. Nothing to surprise, it was expected of her. It is based on true stories and shows how Islamists trap Hindu girls into Love Jihad and later send them to become ISIS terrorists. Didi wants to close her eyes to the reality.”
“She wants to deprive the people of WB, especially women of this harsh reality. The cases of Love Jihad are common in WB. WB has led the way of the country whenever the need arises. Her decision is the opposite of that. By banning, she has proved again there is no FoE in WB. Shame!” he added.
West Bengal | Banning this (The Kerala Stroy) film shows the hypocrisy of CM Mamata Banerjee. They criticized us once over the documentary on PM stating that there is freedom of speech. Now where is the freedom of speech? Why the government of Bengal has banned the film? This… pic.twitter.com/fq2emM69WJ
— ANI (@ANI) May 8, 2023
It is pertinent to note that the movie’s collections raked in an honest quantity though its screenings have been cancelled, on the opening day, in a number of Kerala districts after protests in opposition to the film.
The film has made round Rs 35.25 crore, and it’s simply the third day and is anticipated to make extra in the coming days, as per the commerce analysts.