‘The Kerala Story’ trailer tweaked after ISIS claim row | Hindi Movie News

KOCHI: The producers of ‘The Kerala Story‘, a movie slated for release on May 5, changed the film’s trailer on YouTube on Tuesday after it ran into a controversy for claiming in its previous version that 32,000 women had left the state to join terrorist group IS.
According to the latest trailer, shared on production banner Sunshine Pictures’ official YouTube page, the movie is “a compilation of true stories of three young girls from different parts of Kerala… Thousands of innocent women have been systematically converted, radicalised and their lives destroyed…”
The film’s first teaser, released last November, claimed it presents “heart-breaking and gut-wrenching stories of 32,000 females in Kerala!”
The producers of ‘The Kerala Story’ changed the film’s trailer on YouTube on Tuesday after it ran into a controversy.
The film’s claim of 32,000 women from Kerala joining IS quickly set off a storm, with the CPM-led LDF and the opposition UDF demanding a ban on its screening. The fire spread fast as Indian union Muslim league’s wing muslim youth league announced a reward of Rs 1 crore to anyone showing evidence of 32,000 girls becoming Islamic state members.
Hindu seva kendra founder Pratheesh Viswanath responded by offering Rs 10 crore to prove that no one from Kerala has gone to Syria to join IS. MYL state general secretary PK Firoz said on Tuesday the filmmakers changed the trailer because of the opposition from Kerala against the sangh parivar’s propaganda.
Lawyer and actor C Shukkur wrote on Facebook that he would give Rs 11 lakh to anyone who names at least 32 Kerala women who were converted, and then joined IS.
Blogger K Nazeer Hussain said he would “give Rs 10 lakh to anyone who can produce evidence that women were converted and forced to join the Islamic state”.
Earlier in the day, CPM state secretary MV Govindan alleged the film was an attempt of BJP and RSS to poison the minds of the people. Producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah rejected the allegations that the film is funded by BJP, saying they have “nothing to do with any political party” and anything spoken about the film without watching it is “conjecture”.

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