Director Sudipto Sen said he and his team have petitioned the Supreme Court for compensation for his film The Kerala Story.  (photo: ANI/file)

Director Sudipto Sen said he and his team have petitioned the Supreme Court for compensation for his film The Kerala Story. (photo: ANI/file)

Director Sudipto Sen met senior RSS officials eight years ago, learned about “extremism” in Kerala, visited the state and interviewed “victims”. He even made a documentary, In Name of Love, about remittances in 2018

Controversial manager Kerala storySudipto Sen said that in the first four days after the film was released, there was no violence or law and order situation in any state or city, including Kolkata, before it was banned by the West Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee.

In exclusive interaction with News 18Sen said 15 petitions have been filed against the film while the film team has filed a petition for redress in the Supreme Court, which will be heard by Chief Justice of India D. Y. Chandrachod. Kerala story It sparked controversy over its content as it depicts the radicalization of women from Kerala by ISIS. West Bengal banned the film citing a “threat to communal harmony”.

The film has been approved by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). It is a statutory certification body for films in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India. Sen said, “Once a movie gets a permit from the CBFC, it cannot be banned.” News 18.

He added, “The letter issued to us and the blocking order by Mamata Banerjee’s government is illegal in nature. Some political parties have moved the courts seeking a ban on its release, but these pleas have been granted. Out of the 15 petitions against the film, 11 have been filed before the Kerala Court.” Supreme alone. We didn’t break any rule. If there is a problem with law and order, it’s the state’s responsibility to deal with it. If they can’t do it, it’s their responsibility, not the film’s fault.”

Genesis of the ‘Kerala Story’

Sen is a Bengali from a left-wing family, who met two senior RSS employees in Delhi eight years ago in 2015. During this period from 2015 to 2016, Kerala was seeing arrests related to ISIS. Hence, Sen met RSS members who told him about “extremism” in Kerala.

A senior RSS official told News 18 that Sen had visited Aarsha Vidya Samajan, an RSS-supported NGO in Kerala, which had rescued some women converts and got them to return to their faith. Sen interviewed these women, who told him their stories. Based on their accounts, he began his research, browsing NIA files, court rulings, and politicians’ speeches.

“After careful research, he decided to make the film and that’s when he approached Vipul Shah to produce. We felt that stories of cases like this in Kerala need to be told. People should see and judge. There is no made-up story, the film is based on the accounts and narratives of the victims,” The RSS member said, adding that Archa Vidya Samajan still had at least 40 women “re-converted” into “Sanathan” and were running an organisation.

Sin Documentary 2018, In the name of love, also sparked controversy. The documentary was about remittances and was screened at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Crew members and our people who supported the documentary were brutally assaulted on campus. But he (X) is brave enough to carry on,” said the RSS employee.

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