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Shashi Tharoor Clarifies Stance on 'The Kerala Story' Controversy: Not Calling for a Ban but Emphasizes Misrepresentation

  • Posted on May 2, 2023
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Tharoor tweeted that freedom of expression is valuable, even if it can be misused, and that Keralites have every right to voice their opinion on the film's misrepresentation of their reality.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor clarified his stance on the ongoing controversy surrounding 'The Kerala Story' film. While he did not call for a ban on the film, Tharoor emphasized that it portrays a misrepresentation of the reality of the state. Previously, he had stated that the film might be considered "your" Kerala story but not "our" Kerala story.

 

Tharoor tweeted that freedom of expression is valuable, even if it can be misused, and that Keralites have every right to voice their opinion on the film's misrepresentation of their reality.

 

The Imminent film 'The Kerala Story' has sparked controversy due to concerns about its accuracy. Sudipto Sen leads the direction in the film, developed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah.
The Imminent film 'The Kerala Story' has sparked controversy


The Imminent film 'The Kerala Story' has sparked controversy due to concerns about its accuracy. Sudipto Sen leads the direction in the film, developed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. After the release of its trailer, many critics raised objections about exaggerated figures.

 

The film, scheduled for release in theaters on May 5, 2023, stars Adah Sharma as the lead actress. Alongside her, there are also talented and beautiful actresses, including Yogita Bihani and Siddhi Idnani. The film also features Sonia Balani, widely known for her impressive acting skills.

 

After claiming that 32,000 girls who are residents of Kerala had disappeared from Kerala as well as enlisted in the terrorist group ISIS, Sen's movie trailer has come under scrutiny and received criticism. The film's producers have defended the claim, stating that it is based on true events and backed by research.

 

In a recent Facebook post, VD Satheesan, the Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Legislative Assembly, expressed his disapproval of the film 'The Kerala Story,' stating that it should not be permitted to be screened. Satheesan cited the film's false claim that 32,000 women in Kerala had converted and joined the Islamic State as the reason for his objection. He also pointed out that the film's trailer clearly conveys its intent, further solidifying his stance against the movie.

 

Moreover, he accused the film of being a deliberate tool to promote Sangh Parivar's agenda and fuel social polarization by casting suspicion on minority communities.

 

The controversy surrounding the upcoming film 'The Kerala Story' has sparked widespread debate about the representation of Kerala and its people in the media. The film's claim that 32,000 women from Kerala have joined ISIS has been criticized as a gross exaggeration and a misrepresentation of the state's reality.

 

Tharoor tweeted that freedom of expression is valuable, even if it can be misused, and that Keralites have every right to voice their opinion on the film's misrepresentation of their reality.
Tharoor tweeted that freedom of expression is valuable (Image: Twitter Shashi Tharoor)

Many have called for the film to be banned or at least re-edited to remove the controversial claims, including political leaders and social activists. The debate has also focused on the larger issue of how media narratives can shape public perception and fuel divisive agendas.

 

The Kerala Story is not the first film to come under fire for its portrayal of a particular community or region. However, the intense reaction to this film highlights the sensitivity of issues related to communal harmony and religious identity in India.

 

The controversy over The Kerala Story has once again brought to the fore the question of responsible journalism and artistic expression. While freedom of expression is a fundamental right, it must be exercised with sensitivity and respect for the truth. In the case of The Kerala Story, it appears that the filmmakers have taken creative liberties at the expense of accuracy and authenticity.

 

The Kerala Story is set to release in May 2023, and it remains to be seen how the controversy will affect its reception. However, what is clear is that the debate over representation and communal harmony in the media will continue to be an important issue for society to grapple with.

 

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