The Kerala Story is a film that has created a sensation of sorts with its release. The shocking truths that the film has showcased has become controversial.
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Shalini Unnikrishnan (Adah Sharma), Nimah (Yogita Bihani), and Siddhi Idnani (Geetanjali) are students from a nursing college in Kerala. They share their room with Asifa (Sonia Balani) who is in turn an ISIS agent. Her mission is to brainwash non-Muslim girls and convert them to Islam. Asifa lands two young men in the lives of Shalini and Nimah and makes a plan to convert them into Muslims and take them to Syria as sex slaves. How does all this unravel and how the girls face crazy issues in this conspiracy forms the story of The Kerala Story.
The Kerala Story is not for all sections. The way the religion of Islam is showcased will not go well with Muslims for sure. On the other hand, the makers say that the film is inspired by true events when close to 32,000 Non-Muslim Indian girls from Kerala who were brainwashed, converted, impregnated, sent to terror camps, raped, and ended up as sex slaves in ISIS camps in Syria and Afghanistan.
The Kerala story shows a lot of violence. The rape culture, chopping of hands, beheading and trauma caused to innocent women is shown in a brutal manner. The locations are real and the incidents showcased and the way young women are trapped and made to convert into Islam will shock you for sure. Though there are no scenes that depict Islam in a bad light, the film is a direct take on what happens behind closed doors and how innocent women in Kerala are being converted into Islam.
The scenes that showcase the way these girls are brainwashed have been written quite well. Upon this, the sincere performances also hold the attention. The Kerala Story has been made in an uncompromising manner and there are some scenes that will surely move you. One of the biggest assets of the film is the emotions which are on point.
In The Kerala Story, there is no time to relax as the film has serious issues told in a brutal manner. The Kashmir Files was one film which had its own storytelling and agenda and the same happens with The Kerala Story as well. Some will like it immensely and the others will have reservations watching it. But in reality, the film is a hard hitting drama told in a brutal manner.
The Kerala Story is Directed by Sudipto Sen and starring Adah Sharma, Siddhi Idhnani, and Sonia Balani, this film is produced by Vipul Shah.
As: Shalini Unnikrishnan/Fatima Ba