Kerala’s history has emerged as a surprise blockbuster at the box office. The shocking content of the film has provoked polarized reactions. While many applauded the creators for trying to shed light on the issue of forced conversion, many felt that it tries to portray the Muslim community in a negative light. At the film’s press conference held in Mumbai, director Sudipto Sen was asked how there is not a single Muslim character in the film that comes across positively. The journalist also expressed concern about the characters’ walls being pasted with incendiary posters.
The Kerala Story Press Conference: Director Sudipto Sen BREAKS Silence On Criticism That Film Casts Muslims In A Bad Light: “We Weren’t Here To Do The Balancing Act; we have actually done a service to the Islamic religion”
Sudipto Sen replied, “The film is not about any religion. They are three girls, and they represent the suffering of thousands of girls. We weren’t here to do the balancing act, that thoda Hindu ko acha dikha de, thoda musalmanon ko acha dikha de. We wanted to tell the story as it happened. Each and every word spoken and each and every image shown in the film is correct.”
Sudipto Sen continued: “The sinister plan of terrorism has been observed all over the world and not only in India. Europe, Australia and America are suffering. But in other countries, the opposition and the ruling party are together against terrorism. Unfortunately, in my country it is said that terrorism has no religion, but when it comes to Kerala, as soon as we start talking about terrorism, immediately people start talking about religion. I’m sure you know how terrorists abuse religion. So, I think we have actually done the Islamic religion a service (as we have educated) people that their religion is being misused. We have also done a service to the nation and to these girls.”
Sudipto Sen further said: “Every patriotic Indian should go see the film to know that we are in danger. The iconography you see in the film is used deliberately. Kerala’s radicalization has reached dangerous levels.”
Also present at the press conference were producer Vipul Shah and actors Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Sonia Balani and Siddhi Idnani. Furthermore, 26 women from Aarsha Vidya Samajam, Kerala also attended the press conference. The creators claimed they were brainwashed in a similar way to the characters in Kerala’s history.
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