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Kerala Story Shows Pulled from British Cinemas as Film Fails to Secure Age Certification

  • Posted on May 14, 2023
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The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has issued a statement regarding the cancellation of all screenings of The Kerala Story in the UK

It appears that The Kerala Story is continuing to face obstacles, with its screening now in jeopardy in Britain. The movie has already encountered bans and controversies in India, and now the British authorities have forced it to pull down its shows due to the film's failure to obtain an age certification.

The sudden cancellation of all screenings of The Kerala Story in the UK has sparked anger among a particular segment of the population. Movie-goers who had already purchased tickets were taken aback by the sudden development, as all shows were cancelled and refunds were issued. An email sent out to those affected explained that the cancellations were due to the movie's lack of age certification from the BBFC. The email read, "We have had to cancel the booking you made due to the lack of age certification for The Kerala Story by the BBFC. We have processed a full refund and apologize for any inconvenience caused."

The sudden cancellation of all screenings of The Kerala Story in the UK has sparked anger among a particular segment of the population.
The Kerala Story movie poster

According to a report in TOI, the cancellation of all screenings of The Kerala Story in the UK was met with widespread disappointment, as nearly 95% of the screens were already booked. The movie's UK distributor, was also disappointed by the development and felt compelled to contact the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to inquire about the reason for the cancellation. The director of the company, Suresh Varsani, took it upon himself to address the issue.

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has issued a statement regarding the cancellation of all screenings of The Kerala Story in the UK, stating that the film is still undergoing the classification process. The BBFC further added that once the movie receives an age rating and content advice, it will be cleared for screening in UK cinemas.

Expressing his disappointment, Suresh Varsani, the director of the movie's UK distributor, complained about the lack of a valid reason for the delay in classification.

He expressed his suspicions about the situation, stating that he has never come across a situation where a film has not been classified when it was meant to be released. Suresh further added that the movie has already been cleared for screening in the USA, India, Australia, Canada, and Ireland, making it unclear why there is an issue in the UK.

He expressed his suspicions about the situation, stating that he has never come across a situation where a film has not been classified
Sudden cancellation of all screenings of The Kerala Story in the UK (Image : Twitter Letscinema)

The Kerala Story has been embroiled in controversy since its release in India, where it has faced multiple bans and opposition from various groups. The movie, directed by R. Jayaprakash, explores themes of social inequality and political corruption in contemporary Kerala.

The film's producers are yet to issue a statement regarding the cancellation of all screenings in the UK. It remains to be seen whether the movie will be cleared for screening in the country, given the ongoing classification process.

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