The Kerala Story Review By Critics :Is The Cinematic Masterpiece Worth the Hype?

“The Kerala Story,” a recent cinematic release, has generated much buzz among moviegoers and critics alike. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sudipto Sen, the movie is a heartwarming tale that follows the story of a group of Kerala women who were converted to Islam and joined the radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

With stunning visuals, powerful performances, and a touching storyline, “The Kerala Story” has captured audiences’ attention. In this article, we will review the film, exploring its strengths and weaknesses and delving into the themes and messages it conveys.

Budget of The Kerala Story

The Kerala Story Overview

Movie Name The Kerala Story
OTT Platform Zee5
OTT Release Date TBA
Theatrical Release Date 5 May 2023
Writer Sudipto Sen, Suryapal Singh, Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Language Hindi
Cinematography Prasantanu Mohapatra
Music Director Bishakhjyoti, Viresh Sreevalsa
Editor Sanjay Sharma
Film Industry Bollywood
Genre Drama
Budget Approx 40 Crore

The Kerala Story


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Ratings: 1.5/5 Review By:

Cinema has forever been a tool for manipulation. Be it the powerful using it as a tool to tell their stories with a whitewashed effect, or the cunning using it to earn even more than they already own. Between all of these are the two sides selling their agenda, trying to counter each other.

One, as claimed, subtly, the other not so subtly. The Kerala Story sits right beyond both sides and sits somewhere in the lands where it fails to fit in reality with its idea of only black and white.

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Ratings: 3/5 Review By: The Times of India

‘The Kerala Story’ begins in the interrogation room where Shalini (Adah Sharma) is revealing details of her horrific and tragic past and the reason why she is in a situation of crisis.

Her backstory revolves around four college students who have enrolled in a Nursing School in Kasargauda, Kerala. The story is narrated from the perspective of Shalini, who shares a deep bond with her roommates Gitanjali (Siddhi Idnani), Nimah (Yogita Bihani), and Asifa (Sonia Balani).

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Ratings: 1/5 Review By: The Indian Express

An attempt to understand just how presumably educated young women — the literacy levels in Kerala have always proudly been the highest in the country — can become quite so enamoured of an ideology so much at odds with what they’ve grown up believing (or not: one of them is an atheist) would have lent ‘The Kerala Story’ welcome depth.

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Review By: Scroll. in

It’s fitting that a film about the dangers of religious indoctrination devotes every one of its scenes to brainwashing its audience. Sudipto Sen’s The Kerala Story speaks to the Whatsapp University crowd that fervently believes that Kerala is a hotbed of Islamic State recruitment, crawling with Muslim men who entrap thousands of women, proselytise them either by persuasion or force, and then pack them off to Syria to serve as fighters and sex slaves.

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Ratings: 3/5 Review By: News18

Director Sudipto Sen does not waste any time in getting to the point. Rather than following a linear narrative, Sen skillfully chooses to go back and forth in time, this way, he succeeds in gaining his viewer’s unflinching attention. In one moment you are in the midst of Kerala’s lush greenery and the very next, you are transported to barren nauseating terrains stretching out into oblivion.

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The Kerala Story

Ratings: 3.5/5 Review By: abp LIVE

‘The Kerala Story’ follows a documentary feature format and thus a lot of back and forth movement between the past and present, and between landscapes. The tone of past and present is differentiated with the music, camera movement and colour palette: brown and dry scales for the present while a lot of rich colours imbue the past, also signifying the state of minds of characters and their situations, the pain and suffering of the past and the youthful exploration in the present.

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Ratings: 2.5/5 Review By: FirstPost

Since the film is inspired by true events, the story doesn’t permit the vulnerabilities of the central characters suddenly bloom into heroism. Right till the end, the suffering doesn’t end; there’s no pain they are not inflicted with. What’s also intriguing is how the film shows both the powerful and the powerless possessing the same emotional fragility. If the ISIS play with the girls’ innocence, they too give it back by stabbing right at their brittle egos.

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Ratings: 3/5 Review By:

The Kerala Story is a bold attempt when it comes to choosing such a controversial, sensetive subject and presenting it, but it does lack conviction and could have been more crisp and clear. Nevertheless, you can give it a watch to stay vigilant and informed.

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Ratings: 1/5 Review By: The Quint

It is almost painfully ironic that a film about the sinister effects of misinformation and another that changed its claims from telling the story of ‘32,000’ people to ‘3’ people have released at the same time. To nobody’s surprise, most people on the Internet are still running with the former number.

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The Kerala Story Public Review

The Kerala Story PUBLIC REVIEW at Gaiety Galaxy | Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani | Sudipto Sen

What is the Story Behind ‘The Kerala Story’?

This drama tells the story of four women, played by actresses Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Sonia Balani, and Siddhi Idnani, who turn to Islam and are persuaded to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The story of “The Kerala Story” has an undercurrent of “love jihad.” Because of these things, some politicians have said that ‘The Kerala Story’ makes fun of Muslims and spreads Islamophobia.

When the video for “The Kerala Story” came out in April 2023, the controversy around the movie started right away. The chief minister of Kerala, the state where this movie is set, made the first big dig. Pinarayi Vijayan, the state’s chief minister, criticized the movie before it came out. He said it seemed to have been made “to polarize communities and spread hate propaganda.” But his government hasn’t banned the movie.

The Kerala Story Trailer

The Kerala Story Official Trailer | Vipul Amrutlal Shah | Sudipto Sen | Adah Sharma | Aashin A Shah

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