In a contentious turn of events, The Kerala Story movie has found itself mired in a heated dispute, drawing criticism from both the ruling Left Front and the Congress party.
The Kerala Story Controversy
The film’s self-proclaimed depiction of real events has ignited a wave of backlash due to accusations of false assertions. Specifically, it has been accused of propagating the claim that thousands of women from Kerala are being forcibly converted to Islam and recruited into ISIS. The Kerala Story movie is widely condemned for its lack of substantiating evidence. The Muslim community in India is expressing outrage over the movie’s contentious claims.
In response to mounting criticism, the film’s teaser on YouTube initially was titled, “heartbreaking and gut-wrenching stories of 32,000 females in Kerala…,” but was subsequently modified to, “true stories of three young girls from Kerala.”
Congress Party’s Response Over The Film
Joining the chorus of disapproval, the Congress party has also voiced its concerns, emphasizing the importance of responsible filmmaking that upholds principles of accuracy and authenticity.
Prominent politician Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter on Monday, offering a reward of ₹1 crore to anyone who can substantiate the claims that 32,000 women in Kerala were forcibly converted to Islam.
Kerala Chief Minister’s Views About The Movie
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has also taken a strong stance against the film, condemning it as “propaganda” propagated by “the Sangh Parivar.”
For those who don’t know, Sangh Parivar is a collective of Hindu nationalist organizations affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
BJP’s S. Chouhan Declared The Movie as Tax-free
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and a BJP leader, declared the movie as tax-free.
Film Director & Producer’s Stance
The Kerala Story movie’s director Sudipto Sen and producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah remain steadfast in their claim that the film is based on true events. Despite facing widespread criticism and accusations of spreading false information, the duo firmly assert their position. According to them, the figure of 32,000 women mentioned in the film is accurate, and they stand by this claim.
The Kerala Story controversy continues to intensify, sparking debates about the responsibility of filmmakers to present accurate and unbiased narratives.