The Kerala Story : Amid screening of film, students create ruckus at FTII

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In a recent incident, the National Film Institute of India (FTII), Pune found itself embroiled in a disruption during the screening of the widely acclaimed film ‘The Kerala Story.’ 

The event, which also featured a panel discussion with director Sudipto Sen and producer Vipul Shah, was marred by the actions of left-wing students from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). The disruptive behavior included shouting slogans against the film and its producers, leading to a ban on the screening.

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On Saturday day, officials organized the screening of ‘The Kerala Story’ at the National Film Institute. The event also included a chat program with director Sudipto Sen, with esteemed actress Adah Sharma and producer Vipul Shah in attendance. Pune’s patriotic activists and citizens were cordially invited to for the film’s screening.

However, as the screening commenced, approximately 25 to 30 students from FTII gathered outside the auditorium and launched a vociferous protest. Chanting slogans against the film and affixing anti-cinema stickers across the FTII premises, they sought to impede the proceedings and silence the voices involved in the production.

In a remarkable turn of events, despite the opposition faced, a significant number of nationalist activists and citizens braved the disruption and attended the screening in large numbers. Responding to the protesters’ slogans, the patriotic attendees retaliated with even louder expressions of national pride. The air reverberated with fervent chants of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, “Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Ki Jai” , “Jai Bhawani Jai Shivaji,” and “Vande Mataram” .

To maintain peace and order, the local police were on high alert and had deployed heavy security measures at the venue. Their presence ensured that the two opposing groups did not engage in direct confrontation, effectively preventing any untoward incidents.

Amidst the chaos, director Sudipto Sen and producer Vipul Shah made a commendable effort to engage with the protesting FTII students. They visited the institution, initiating a conversation to address any concerns or doubts the students may have had. The filmmakers extended an offer to independently reorganize a screening exclusively for the dissenting students, demonstrating their willingness to bridge the gap and foster dialogue.