The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the West Bengal government’s order banning the public screening of movie ‘The Kerala Story’. The court said the May 8 order suffers from “overbreadth” and is not based on any material produced before Court.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud also directed the Tamil Nadu government to ensure all security arrangements be made to ensure the film’s screening and the safety of moviegoers. The petitions seeking the ban on the film have been posted in July.
The court indicated that it might have to watch the film as the Madras high court has already dismissed a petition challenging the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) certification. Adah Sharma-starrer controversial film The Kerala Story has done exceptionally well at the ticket counters so far.
The film is likely to have minted a total of Rs 165.94 crore at the box office as of May 17, according to initial estimates. The Kerala Story made Rs 81.14 crore in its first week in theatres. The film went onto make Rs 12.35 crore on its second Friday.
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Rs 19.5 crore on its second Saturday, Rs 23.75 crore on its second Sunday, Rs 10.30 crore on its second Monday, and Rs 9.65 crore on its second Tuesday, according to trade portal Sacnilk. The movie is likely to have made around Rs 9.25 crore on its second Wednesday, as per early estimates.
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With this, the film is likely to enter the Rs 200 crore club soon and has pipped the Salman Khan and Pooja Hegde-starrer Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan. While the Sudipto Sen-directorial has made around Rs 165.94 crore in its second week so far, the Farhad Samji-helmed entertainer Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan could manage to rake in merely Rs 109.29 crore in its three-week-long run.
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