With its release, the movie The Kerala Story created somewhat of a stir. The film’s surprising revelations have generated a lot of debate. This Sudipto Sen-directed film was produced by Vipul Shah and features Adah Sharma, Siddhi Idhnani, and Sonia Balani.
Many opposition parties have criticised The Kerala Story, a movie that is set in the southern state of Kerala. Some have called it propaganda and an effort to disrupt religious peace.
However, it has gained backing from BJP officials in power, including PM Narendra Modi, who hailed it at a recent political event. A few party members have also held screenings and given away free tickets.
Ten parts, including an interview with a former chief minister of Kerala, were allegedly deleted from the film before it was released with a “A” certificate from the censor board. A ban on the movie’s screenings has been demanded by the left-leaning state government and Congress in response to their scathing criticism of the movie.
The plot of The Kerala Story
The Hadiya Case of 2016, which involved numerous girls who supposedly went missing and converted to Islam in order to join ISIS, served as the inspiration for the movie. Shalini Unnikrishnan, Yogita Bihani, and Siddhi Idnani are three nursing students from a college in Kerala, played by Adah Sharma, Adah Bihani, and Geetanjali. They share a room with Asifa (Sonia Balani), who is an ISIS agent. Her goal is to convert non-Muslim girls to Islam by brainwashing them. Asifa introduces two young men into the lives of Shalini and Nimah with the intention of converting them to Islam and transporting them as sex slaves to Syria.
The Kerala Story’s plot revolves around how all of this plays out and how the girls deal with odd circumstances related to this conspiracy.
Movie ‘The Kerala Story’: Facts and Controversy
The Kerala Story’ has been in the headlines since its trailer debuted because of its allegedly offensive themes.
A controversy was immediately aroused by the release of the trailer for “The Kerala Story,” which highlighted the purported problem of forced conversion and radicalization of women in Kerala. The movie made the allegation that Keralan women are coerced into joining ISIS and converting to Islam. The trailer of the film originally claimed that 32,000 Keralan women were forced to join ISIS and convert to Islam. The number was changed to three as the argument over the assertion grew, though.
Many people were furious with the figure, claiming it was incorrect. The divisive claims and numbers allegedly vanished once the trailer was edited.
The Kerala story also sparked a significant political debate, with important political figures responding to the commotion.
JP Nadda, the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party in power in the nation, praised the movie. He also said that it exposed a completely new, toxic type of terrorism in which no weapons are used.
No ban was imposed
Numerous groups held protests in Kerala and also demanded that the movie’s release be postponed.
However, the Kerala High Court’s division bench declined to impose a ban and dismissed a petition objecting to the publication.
The Supreme Court rejected a request for a stay of the movie’s release. Prior to receiving an A certificate from the censor board, the movie underwent ten edits. The allegations mentioned in the film are allegedly untrue. As per Kerala State Committee, whomever can prove the legality of the Muslim Youth League will receive one crore rupees.