In 2022, the bollywood movie ‘The Kashmir Files’ made waves at the box office, and now ‘The Kerala Story‘ is making headlines. Just the trailer caused tremors because the movie is controversial and sensitive.
Despite rumors that the film would never be released, it was eventually screened in numerous theaters under police protection.
Here’s the story:
There are three main characters in the film: Shalini Unnikrishnan (Adah Sharma), Nimah (Yogita Bihani), and Siddhi Idnani (Geetanjali), who live with Asifa (Sonia Balani) in a nursing college in Kasargod, Kerala.
The other three don’t know Asifa is an ISIS aide and that her mission is to convert non-Muslim girls to Islam through indoctrinate and brainwashing them. In order to get close to Shalini and Geetanjali, she plants two Muslim young men who pretend to be college students.
To marry her, Rameez demands she convert to Islam, but he abandons her. Ishaq enters the scene and marries her after she converts and renames her Fathima.
The story follows the ordeals she faces and the plight of Geetanjali and Nimah in the hands of Muslim Jihadists.
Performances by artists:
Adah Sharma’s portrayal of Shalini Unnikrishnan is like award-winning. Her diction suited an innocent Keralite, and she followed a method acting style.
In a dual-shade performance, Siddhi excelled as Geetanjali, while Sonia excelled as Asifa.
In the film’s last act, Yogita Bihani played some good roles.
Adah’s mother, Devadarshini, appeared in several scenes.
Pranav Mishra, Vijay Krishna, and Pranay Pachauri played menacing roles.
The locations and cinematography of the movie were convincing.
It was well-edited, and the back-and-forth narration kept it interesting.
The music and lyrics were excellent as every line made sense and sounded catchy. The background score was also very good.
‘The Kerala Story’ is a great resource for learning how to handle brainwashing, especially for young people leaving home for college. However, unfortunately, the movie paints an overly negative view of an entire community – painting them as all bad – instead of taking an impartial approach that accurately demonstrates what happened, while also showing there are good people among them too. A more balanced representation would have had a much greater impact in conveying the true reality of the situation and clarifying this isn’t a mere propaganda film. Adah Sharma’s performance and Sudipto Sen’s direction make it worthwhile viewing: thrilling in its own right. For these reasons, the punjabi adda blog gives it 3 stars.