The makers of the film met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday amidst the controversies related to The Kerala Story. In a video shared on social media by news agency ANI, film director Sudipto Sen and producer Vipul Amritlal Shah can be seen meeting CM Yogi. The Kerala Story’s lead actress Adah Sharma can also be seen with him.
After meeting Yogi Adityanath, Vipul told ANI, ‘Uttar Pradesh government and Yogi ji have taken this step and boosted our morale, strengthened our thinking a lot. He has given a very powerful message to the people because of the large number of viewers watching this film. So we are very grateful to the CM that this happened.”
Director Sudipto also said, “We have come to thank the honorable chief minister for declaring the film tax-free and giving the citizens of Uttar Pradesh a chance to watch this film.”
Yogi Adityanath’s meeting with the makers of The Kerala Story comes a day after the film was declared tax-free in Uttar Pradesh. As reported by Hindustan Times, the chief minister is also expected to watch the film at a special screening on May 12 at Lok Bhawan along with the rest of his cabinet.
Released on 5 May, Kerala Story revolves around the stories of Hindu women from Kerala who were converted to Islam and trafficked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Earlier today, the film’s lead actress Adah Sharma shared that the film is now all set to release in around 37 other countries. “Thank you to all the crores of people who are going to watch our film, thank you for trending it, thank you for loving my performance. This weekend the 12th #TheKeralaStory releases internationally in 37 countries (or more) (red heart emojis) #adahsharma,” she wrote.