Kamal Haasan Advocates for Understanding Rather than Banning Films, Talks About ‘The Kerala Story’

Veteran actor Kamal Haasan recently shared his views on the controversial movie ‘The Kerala Story’ and emphasized the importance of understanding a film’s purpose rather than calling for bans. Speaking at the India Today Conclave South 2023, Haasan expressed that while he would never advocate for banning any film, he encourages people to comprehend the intention behind a movie.

Reflecting on his own experience with the ban of his film ‘Vishwaroopam’ in Tamil Nadu, Haasan stated, “I wouldn’t ban any film, let them talk. I would try to tell people to understand the film and what is the purpose of the film. As a matter of fact, I was one of the strong advocates in turning the certification board into a censor board and banning or editing films.”

Addressing ‘The Kerala Story,’ Haasan suggested that audiences should approach the film with suspended disbelief and then contemplate its themes. He also commented on the controversy surrounding the film’s initial claims of being based on the story of 32,000 women, which were later altered to 3 women. Haasan emphasized the need to maintain accuracy without exaggerating numbers or creating a national crisis.

‘The Kerala Story,’ produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and directed by Sudipto Sen, features Adah Sharma in the lead role, supported by Yogita Bihani, Siddhi Idnani, Pranay Pachauri, and Chandra Shekhar Dutta. Released on May 5, 2023, the film has sparked discussions and debates among audiences.

Haasan’s stance highlights the significance of preserving free speech and allowing audiences to form their own opinions about films. By encouraging understanding rather than censorship, he emphasizes the importance of engaging with cinema in a thoughtful and open-minded manner.


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