Pune: Students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) held protests against the special screening of The Kerala Story at the main theater of the institute. The screening had to be done under heavy police protection.
The MITEE Film Society had rented out the main theater of the institute for the special screening. However the students association said that they will protest against the movie’s screening and accused the film of being vile propaganda. The students’ body has also denounced the research done by the movie makers and dubs it as ‘prejudiced debates about Muslim men forcefully converting women to Islam’.
A report said that the President of the film society MITEE, Milind Lele, expressed that the students move was totally against the spirit of freedom of expression.
He added that the students had marched to the theater were the screening was taking place. The aggressive students were brought under control by the police. Milind Lele said that MITEE Film Society condemns this behavior and express its trust in the peaceful interaction and propagation of thought.
Director of the movie Sudipto Sen asked the students to watch the movie before criticizing it or calling it propaganda film.
The students’ community was also angry that they were not informed of this event and was not asked to be part of the proceedings.