What is the story behind ‘The Kerala Story’? What controversies have emerged due to the movie?

There are a lot of different views about “The Kerala Story” floating around on Twitter, in political jokes, from celebrities, in court decisions, and from online trolls. Based on actual events, this movie has given people something to think about in a country where everyone has an opinion about everything. ETimes details where, why, what, and how ‘The Kerala Story’ and its different controversies happened.

The Kerala Story

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.

Plot: Shalini Unnikrishnan, a woman who converted to Islam, shares her harrowing journey of aspiring to become a nurse, only to be abducted from her home and coerced by extremist groups. She was eventually manipulated into joining ISIS and ended up imprisoned in Afghanistan.


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What controversies have arouse associated with the release of the movie?

The Kerala Story, which takes place in the southern state of Kerala, has been criticized by many lawmakers in the opposition. Some have said it is propaganda and an attempt to break up religious harmony.

But leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have backed it. Modi praised it at a recent political gathering. Some people at the party have also shown movies and given away free tickets.

Many mainstream critics have given the film bad reviews, criticizing its acting and “lack of nuance.” One reviewer said the movie’s “thoughts about Islam and [religious] conversion seem to have come from hate-filled WhatsApp groups.”

Analyst Taran Adarsh told the BBC that the movie’s success at the box office has been “extraordinary” for a film with a small budget and no big stars. He thinks it has made more than 560 million rupees ($6.8 million or £5.4 million) in five days, which is “a feat for any new release.”

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