A new film, “The Kerala Story,” has attracted attention and controversy, similar to the previously released “The Kashmir Files.” The movie’s narrative revolves around the stories of three young women from different areas of Kerala who face conversion, radicalization, and the destruction of their lives.
“The Kerala Story” presents the journey of three Hindu women from Kerala, who, according to the film, are manipulated by their Muslim roommate and eventually join the Islamic State. Directed by Sudipto Sen, the movie has been widely criticized for its misleading content by Indian media, politicians, the state government, critics, and social media users. Vipul Amrutul Shah produces the film and stars Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Sonia Balani, and Siddhi Idnani.
The Supreme Court of India recently dismissed a plea to ban the film’s release, arguing that the movie represented “the worst kind of hate speech” and “audio-visual propaganda.” However, the court advised that those contesting the film’s release should challenge its certification through the appropriate channels.
The petitioners claimed that the film’s purpose is to incite hatred and hostility among different segments of Indian society, alleging that it portrays non-Muslim women being lured into converting to Islam by their peers and subsequently trafficked to West Asia and forced to join terrorist organizations. The petition claimed that the film’s content denigrates the Muslim community and violates the rights granted under Articles 14 and 21 of the Indian Constitution.
Despite the controversy, the filmmakers altered the YouTube description of the movie from initially claiming to depict the stories of 32,000 women to now focusing on the experiences of just three women. Producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah clarified that while they stand by the number 32,000, the movie primarily follows the lives of these three women.