The Kerala High Court on Tuesday, February 6 directed the regional officer of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to process censor certificate for Malayalam film 'Aami' - a biopic on writer Madhavikutty alias Kamala Das. Besides, the HC has made it clear that it will not be staying its screening. However, they did ask the CBFC and the central I&B ministry to file counter-affidavits, at the earliest.
A few days back, High Court lawyer K P Ramachandran had filed a petition in the Kerala High Court and asked for a ban on Manju Warrier’s upcoming film Aami for glorifying ‘Love Jihad’. The petitioner had stated that the film distorted things by not showing how she got disillusioned with Islam.
“The film was directed by omitting the real-life incidents of Madhavikutty, with a view to justifying love jihad. Such a film comes to the fore in the wake of such cases (of love jihad) pending before the apex court and the NIA investigating such cases,” he had argued.
The petitioner had also said that if the film is shown in theatres, it would certainly trigger Hindu-Muslim clashes and will adversely affect the public order.
The court made it clear that pendency of the petition will not stand in the way of the authority under the Cinematograph Act and Rules and asked CBFC to process the application by director Kamal and producers of the film Roban Rocha and Raphael P Thomas.
Aami is slated to hit the screens this week and has been directed by ace filmmaker Kamal.