The Kerala Story review: shockingly brutal and powerfully stark exposure on Islamic conversions
What: The Kerala Story starring Adah Sharma in her career best till date is a shockingly brutal and powerfully striking exposure on Islamic conversion in the divinely beautiful state of Kerala.
The Kerala Story movie synopsis
Said to be based on real incidents, The Kerala Story is horrific account of how three innocent girls from different regions of Kerala - Shalini Unnikrishnan (Adah Sharma), Nimah (Yogita Bihani) and Siddhi Idnani (Geetanjali) are allured towards Islam, brainwashed and then abducted and forced to convert to Islam. And how the converted Shalini as Fatima is than radicalized and compelled to join ISIS as a terrorist.
Its not important whether it’s a story of one girl or one thousand or more, this shockingly stark account on force Islamic conversions that is devastatingly inhuman is a much-required debate, Kerala Story is a story that needs to be told to every Indian, every human.
The writers Suryapal Singh, Sudipto Sen and Vipul Shah – the producer and the creative director as well don’t sugar coat and search for artistic subtlety in this powerful exposure that will give you goose bumps no matter what faith you follow or don’t follow any faith.
The harsh reality is shown without any fear and its straight to the point. The conversations, the indoctrination of vulnerable non-Muslim girls slowly slowly in a planned manner is a lesson that why we should be at least aware of our rich culture, religion and tradition. We may not follow them but can quash questions put by people like Asifa (Sonia Balani) – on a mission to recruit vulnerable non-Muslim girls by using the name of ‘Allah’ and constantly repeating the supremacy of Islam in protecting the believers while non-believers (kafir) are burnt in hell.
Asifa smartly uses Islam to thwart other non-Islamic faith and also makes an attack on atheism and communism.
Later how Shalini, Nimah are lured into a love trap. How the Muslim businessman played by Vijay Krishna woos Geetanjali and Shalini falls in love with a Muslim medical student played by Pranay Pachauri.
We have been hearing about these conversions in news and how the extremist group place their agents in and around campus areas to identify and befriend young, emotional, innocent girls.
The poor innocent girls who fall prey are either turned into suicide bombers and/or sex slaves of the ISIS.
The narration by Sudipto Sen is non liner and populist in its approach. The story is told in a back and forth format and its engaging right from the word go.
The gut-wrenching scenes shot in Afghanistan are terrific.
The Kerala Story shows everything boldly that has been said about conversions drugging, brainwashing, blackmailing, rape and violence against women and children.
Just imagine what has happened to the victims. All the inhumanity and gender bias in the name of Shariah law is shown here.
Exceptionally shot by Prasantanu Mohapatra, the music by Viresh Sreevalsa and Bishakh Jyoti goes with the flow, the background is off putting.
And the length is an issue.
Adah Sharma as Shalini Unnikrishnan in that Mallu accent gives her career best. She is exceptional.
Yogita Bihani as Nimah is fabulous. Sonia Balani as Asifa is outstanding. Siddhi Idnani as Geetanjali makes a solid impression. Vijay Krishna and Pranay Pachauri as the guys who lure innocent girls are fantastic. Pranav Misshra as Shalini’s husband is wonderful.
The Kerala Story is a story that needs to be told to every Indian and every Human round the globe. Don’t miss this stark exposure of forced unhuman Islamization
Going with 4.5 stars (an extra for those footage of Shalini’s actual parents and other girl victim)