Even after the Supreme Court lifted the restriction, "The Kerala Story" is still not being shown in theatres throughout West Bengal. The owners of the multiplex and the hall claim that no theatres will be empty for the next three weeks. Hence, giving spots to the Sudipto Sen-directed movie is therefore not viable at this time. The only time it can be changed is post three weeks. According to a report from ETimes, Satadip Saha, movie distributor in West Bengal, is utterly baffled by the situation, and he has no idea when it will be resolved so that people can view "The Kerala Story" in theatres.
Satadip said, "To be completely honest, I have no idea. I'm not sure what we can do right now. After the Supreme Court granted a stay of the West Bengal government's ban, we did everything we could to bring the movie back to screens. It's extremely difficult to see this, especially given how well the movie is performing nationally."
He thinks that although the owners of the theatre want to present "The Kerala Story," they may be reluctant because they fear negative effects. "They are not providing any details as to why they chose not to screen the movie. It makes me really angry. What else can I do as a distributor? I am unable to make them. We'll just have to wait and see."
The chairman of the exhibitor section, who also happens to be Satadip's father, has already written to the Chief Minister to request that he look into the situation, but nothing has transpired as of yet.
But yesterday, word quickly spread that 'The Kerala Story' was being shown on a single screen in Bongaon. Satadip responds that he has no knowledge of the subject when questioned about it.
In the meantime, the movie is still a huge box office success despite all of these controversies.