Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri told the cast and crew of ‘The Kerala Story’ that their lives will not be the same as they “will receive unimaginable hate”. Taking to Twitter, the filmmaker posted a note telling the team of ‘The Kerala Story’ about the “bad news”.
“CINEMA AND INDIC RENNIASANCE: The Kerala Story. I grew up listening to great filmmakers and cinema critics that the only purpose of art is to provoke people into questioning their own beliefs and biases. I also grew up listening that cinema reflects the reality of a society. I was told that cinema must destroy old Gods and create new Gods,” Vivek started the thread on Twitter.
“I have come to realize that in modern times, cinema has the power to do what media and politics can’t do. It can present uncomfortable reality, correct history, fight culture war and also become the soft power of a nation for larger interest. In India, making such cinema is not easy.”
He said that his forthcoming film ‘The Vaccine War’, a positive film, celebrating India’s greatest achievement, is constantly being attacked.
“Mostly by the same people who taught me all the above. When it releases, later this year, I can guarantee they will attack it with a new design because they don’t want India to succeed. Because Truth must not be told. Bharat must not be celebrated,” added the filmmaker.
Lending support, he added: “Dear Vipul Shah & @sudiptoSENtlm, @adah_sharma and team of #TheKeralaStory, first let me congratulate you for the brave effort. At the same time, let me also give you the bad news that from here on, your lives will not be the same. You will receive unimaginable hate.
“Your will feel suffocated. Many times you may get confused and demoralized. But remember, God tests the shoulders on which he can put the responsibility of becoming the change agents,” he tweeted.
‘The Kerala Story’ got into controversy after the trailer of the film stated that 32,000 girls from the state went missing and later joined the terrorist group, IS.
Shabana Azmi slams those seeking ban on film
Veteran star Shabana Azmi has shown her support to ‘The Kerala Story’ as the movie is currently in a soup due to controversies. Shabana tweeted that those who want to ban the film are “as wrong as those who wanted to ban” the Aamir Khan-starrer ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ last year.
She tweeted: “Those who speak of banning #The Kerala Story are as wrong as those who wanted to ban Aamir Khan’s #Laal Singh Chaddha. Once a film has been passed by the Central Board of Film Certification, nobody has the right to become an extra constitutional authority.”