Movie Review – The Kerala Story

Movie Review by Rishi Kapoor

The Kerala Story: A Hindi drama film based on true events directed by Sudipto Sen & produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah.

The plot follows the story of a group of women from Kerala who are converted to Islam and are pushed to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The film is based on the conspiracy theory of love Jihad and depicts how thousands of women from Kerala are being converted to Islam and recruited into ISIS.

Shalini or Fatima Ba (@adah_ki_adah ) is one of the girls who is converted and sent to Syria with her husband to fight for the cause of the Islamic State. Caught and imprisoned in Afghanistan, she tells her story in the flashback where she and her two classmates, Geetanjali (@siddhi_idnani ) and Nimah (@iyogitabihani ), were enticed to join the mission by another classmate Asifa (@soniabalani9 ). While Shalni succumbs, the other two have to bear the brunt of resisting the sinister plot.

The movie is good on the part of raising awareness about the dangers of radicalization & how it impacts communities. It sheds light on the methods used by extremist groups to manipulate vulnerable individuals, and it humanizes the victims, showing the struggles faced by families & communities affected by radicalization.

The story is flat may be because of the subject ,direction is decent but could have been better. The performance by each of the actors is top-notch, with everyone delivering a powerful & nuanced performance. The characters are richly drawn and complex; you can’t help but be drawn into their world and struggles. Adah Sharma delivers an earnest performance & captures the pain of the vulnerable Shalini who is robbed of her innocence but retains her spine.

What I love most about this movie is how it explores love, loss, and redemption themes with such sensitivity & depth. It is a profoundly human story that will touch your heart & leave you feeling inspired and hopeful (even depressing at moments ).

It’s not that perfect like The Kashmir files (from execution perspective) but can be watched as a warning or a deterrent to the impressionable youngsters falling into this vicious trap.


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