Mitin Raj Singh
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‘Forced Conversion Is A Bitter Truth But Kerala Story Weaponises The Issue’

Mitin Raj Singh

Mitin Raj Singh, a movie buff who works with a reputed MNC at Banglore, says the movie merely seeks to pit one community against another. His views

Recently I watched the much-hyped movie The Kerala Story with my wife and friends. I am a well-informed citizen and proud Hindu and I am happy about the fact that someone came forward and made a movie about forced religious conversions in the country.

The movie has been at the center of controversy ever since the teaser of the film dropped and that had made me curious to watch it. The Kerala Story claims to be based on forceful conversion of 32,000-plus women in Kerala to Islam (I believe the actual number is more than this) out of which many of them were taken to ISIS-ruled-Syria as ‘brides of the Islamic State’.

Having said this, frankly speaking, The Kerala Story does little justice to the subject at hand, Instead, it seeks to pit one religion against the other and that is where the problem with the film lies. Sure, it does not want to malign Islam as a whole, but it definitely tries to provoke Hindus and poke at their sentiments. For Islamists, this movie hits where it hurts the most. It brings out the fact that promoting conversion to Islam is an organized and well networked activity. But the handling of such an importan subject leaves much to be desired.

The movie, attempting to capture the ambience of Kerala, falls short in its portrayal. In addition, the acting fails to communicate any feeling of authenticity or true connection to the inhabitants and culture of Kerala. The movie additionally incorporates a forced and unappealing Malayali accent and the dialogues are quite artificial-sounding. Over all, it is a half-baked venture.

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The Kerala Story claims to be based on “many true stories.” However it lacks a sincere concern for the whole truth. The film constructs a narrative that tries to portray Kerala which is said to be God’s own country as a breeding ground for ISIS recruitment, implying that hundreds of people had joined the organization from the region highlighting a few events of missing females.

The whole controversy over the movie was triggered when our Prime Minister endorsed the film during the recent Karnataka election campaign and really escalated with Mamata Banerjee’s ban of the film in West Bengal.

Politicians have clearly used this movie to whip up anti-Muslim hate and violence. Already love jihad has been weaponised to allow horrific crimes. More people choosing to act on such a wrong belief will only worsen things. Before jumping into any conclusion, one should first be well read and aware of what actually happened and how easily religion is used for voting politics.

At the same time, we cannot bury our heads in sand, like an ostrich. Even if one single family has been destroyed by ISIS, their story must be told. But such an exercise must be undertaken without stoking hatred through propaganda films.

It is an irresponsible movie for sure. The Kerala Story is not The Kashmir Files when it comes to execution. However, it does, unfortunately, have the capability to stir communal tension. It could have been better and more responsibly made, for sure.

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As told to Deepti Sharma

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Tripti
Tripti
1 year ago

I agree it does poke the Hindu community for sure by making comments about Hindu gods and showcasing Islamic god being superior, I agree to some extend that it’s irresponsibly made. Such topics need to be delivered with more responsibly so it does not create more hatred between religions.

Iti
Iti
1 year ago

Alarming but truth

Tuhina Singh
Tuhina Singh
1 year ago

The description of each and every word is appropriate. Well written Deepti and wonderful description given by Mr.Mitin.

Meena Singh
Meena Singh
1 year ago

Good 👍

Dr Shreesh
1 year ago

Heading of the story is in itself reflecting the pivotal messaging one can take from this movie. Kudos to writer and viewpoint of Mr. Mitin is thoughtprovoking.

Ashwani Kachroo
Ashwani Kachroo
1 year ago

The Kerala Story” is a compilation of true stories involving three young girls from different parts of Kerala. These stories shed light on the issue of innocent women being systematically converted, radicalized, and having their lives destroyed. The truth behind these incidents aims to bring freedom and justice to those affected.

Making such movies for the mass awareness is really a courageous initiative. I agree with Mitin’s view point.

Sonali
Sonali
1 year ago

Very nicely explained by Mr. Mitin

Vishwa Bhushan Rao
Vishwa Bhushan Rao
11 months ago

Bitter pills has to be taken with honey syrup 🙂
Yeah!! always good to keep the fragile items safe.

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