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5 Reasons For The Kerala Story Controversy


Published on: May 12, 2023 | Updated on: May 12, 2023

The official poster of "The Kerala Story", directed by Sudipto Sen and produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. (PTI Photo)

Hyderabad: After The Kashmir Files, the much discussed movie during these days is ‘The Kerala Story’. The movie is being seen from various prisms, whereas some are demanding a ban, and some asking for promoting it at pan-India level.

The movie which was recently released has received both acclamation and criticism from different sections of the society.

The movie was banned in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu citing various reasons. The BJP led governments in different states have waived off the tax.

‘The Kerala Story’ is all about the story of three young girls from different parts of Kerala who are converted to Islam and join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

1. Several politicians in Kerala and Muslim leaders have alleged that the film would disturb religious harmony, demonise Muslims and peddle Islamophobia and may bring insult to the southern state.

2. The movie sparked controversy when it first claimed that 32,000 women in Kerala were forced to convert to Islam and they joined ISIS. Later, the movie makers retracted and changed the movie’s description on YouTube saying it’s a story of three women.

3. The movie shows lot of violence like rape culture, chopping of hands, beheading and trauma caused to innocent women are shown in a brutal manner.

4. Keralites have also opposed the movie and ran different social media campaigns narrating different stories of religious harmony in the state.

5. Kerala is one such state in India with a large number of expatriates both Muslims and non-Muslims live and earn in gulf countries with social and cultural harmony. The movie doesn't shows such bonding and has a lot of negativity.