Clean chit to Churuli; film's language suits characters & plot, finds Kerala Police panel

Churuli movie poster.

A police panel that reviewed Lijo Jose Pellissery's Churuli for vulgar language has given a clean chit to the film.

The three-member panel headed by ADGP K Padmakumar has found nothing foul in the Malayalam movie that was released on the OTT platform.

Public interest litigation had been filed in the High Court of Kerala accusing the movie of using vulgar language.

It was upon the court's directive that state police chief Anil Kanth constituted a panel.

According to the police reviewers, OTT is not a public place and hence the use of foul language in movies streamed on such platforms does not amount to punishment under the Indian Penal Code.

The panel also said the makers of the movie had portrayed the characters in line with the plot and that they were within the framework of freedom of expression.

Moreover, the movie was certified 'A' restricting it to adult audiences. The makers had warned about the foul language used in the film, the panel stated.

The state police chief is expected to inform the court about the department's findings.

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