Only one theatre in West Bengal is showing the movie Kerala Story, but an official of the Eastern India Motion Picture Association (EIMPA) claimed on Thursday that viewers are responding favourably to it.
The West Bengal government’s decision to forbid screenings of the divisive film in the state was overturned by the Supreme Court on May 18.
The Mamata Banerjee administration placed the ban on May 8 due to concerns that if it were to be broadcast in theatres, it might inflame racial tensions.
A cinema hall in Bongaon town, in North 24 Parganas district, close to the India-Bangladesh border, has been screening the film since May 20, with a disclaimer that reads, “The narratives are based on fictional accounts.” Other theatre owners have not indicated a readiness to display the film.
The movie is being shown at the Sreema Cinema Hall on Ramnagar Road in Bongaon, which is about 75 kilometres from Kolkata. However, the office-bearer of EIMPA, the apex organisation of theatre owners and d