Not 32,000 but 3 ISIS Joinees, ‘The Kerala Story’ changes trailer description. Shashi Tharoor REACTS

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The Kerala Story Controversy: The film has been in the spotlight since the release of its trailer a few days ago. Directed by Sudipto Sen and produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, the film shows how ISIS abducted 32000 Hindu girls from Kerala to make them victims of love jihad and get them involved in terror-related activities. After elaborated controversy and court cases, the descriptor of the trailer, which earlier claimed 32,000 women from Kerala had joined the terror group ISIS, has been changed on YouTube.

The movie tells the “true stories of three young girls from different parts of Kerala,” the changed statement read. Adah Sharma is playing the lead role in the film, Many political leaders have objected to the film, claiming that it spreads hate and should be banned.

This comes after Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor and several others had raised questions about the mistruths being touted by the film. Reacting to change, Tharoor wrote, “The plot thickens. The filmmakers have updated the movie’s description on YouTube and changed ‘32,000 women’ to ‘3 women’… I rest my case.”

Meanwhile, the lead actress Adah Sharma recently slammed all the opposers for creating havoc about the film. She shut the opposers and clarified that the movie is not at all anti-religion but anti-terror organisation for sure. Sharing her take on the ongoing controversy post the movie screening at JNU, Adah said “Yes, a few people are still calling the film, propaganda. So, our film is not any anti-religion rather it is about anti-terror organizations of course. Our film is about girls getting drugged, brainwashed, raped, human trafficked, forcefully impregnated, and then raped again by multiple people, and the child they deliver is being taken away from them and then made suicide bombers. So when you call it a political agenda and propaganda that’s just diverting the topic and trivializing this.”

She further added, ” Our film is about life and death. So I hope we can spread awareness to girls of all religions, sectors, and castes. And for the few who are still saying propaganda, I guess once they watch the film and see all the facts, I think they will change their minds”.

In ‘The Kerala Story’, actress Adah Sharma plays the role of Fathima Ba, a Hindu Malayali nurse, who is among the 32,000 women who went missing from Kerala and were then recruited to the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) after being forced to convert to Islam.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a plea by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind seeking a direction to the Centre and others not to allow the screening or release of the movie entitled ‘The Kerala Story’ at theatres, OTT platforms and other such avenues, and also that the trailer should be removed from the Internet.


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