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The Kerala Story row: Tamil Nadu cops halt special screening in Chennai attended by BJP leaders

Police in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai stopped a special screening of ‘The Kerala Story’ today morning, days after the controversial Hindi film was taken off the screens by theatre owners in the state citing poor audience response and law and order threats.

As per reports, on Wednesday morning, a special screening of the Adah Sharma-starrer had been organized for top Tamil Nadu BJP leaders at Chennai’s famed Le Magic Lantern Preview Theater, but the event was foiled by the Chenna Police who arrived at the premises and stopped the screening of the film, citing law and order issues.

Reports said that senior BJP leaders were among some of the people invited for the screening. However, the saffron party has said that it did not organize the screening.

 A report quoting Tamil Nadu BJP vice-president Narayanan Thirupathy as saying that the BJP had nothing to do with the planned screening even though the party’s senior leaders had been invited to attend the event.

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‘The Kerala Story’ controversy

‘The Kerala Story’ has sparked a massive controversy since its first trailer—which claimed that 32,000 women from the state were converted to Islam and recruited by global terror group Islamic State—  hit the screens in November last year.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who has vehemently opposed the film, recently termed it as a “deliberately produced” piece of Sangh Parivar propaganda aimed to create communal divide and spread hatred among Hindus and Muslims in the state.

The film was issued an ‘A’ certificate by the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and told to delete 10 scenes, including an interview with a former chief minister of Kerala, ahead of its theatrical release.

The BJP has vociferously backed the Sudipto Sen directorial with even Prime Minister Narendra Modi praising the film for “exposing a terror conspiracy” and accusing the Congress of “siding with terrorists” and trying to appease them for political gain by opposing the film’s release.

On Monday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee banned the screening of the controversial Bollywood film in the state, while on May 7 (Sunday), multiplexes in Tamil Nadu stopped screenings of the ‘The Kerala Story’ citing law and order threats and poor response to the movie from the audience in the southern state.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a plea challenging the Kerala High Court’s interim order which refused to ban the release of Adah Sharma starrer. The hearing is listed on May 15.

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