The Kashmir Files has set a new trend for Bollywood movies. After the film based on the plight of Pandits, the indigenous Hindus of Kashmir, now the story of the disappearance of 32,000 girls in Kerala in the last 10 years and the hand of terrorist organisation Isis in the sordid saga will be brought on the big screen.
The film is titled The Kerala Story, which is going to be directed by Sudipto Sen, he announced today. The film will cover issues like human trafficking, Isis abducting girls, getting them married to their mujahideen, converting them to Islam, etc.
It is pertinent to note here that the term “love jihad” was coined by the Christians of Kerala in the period 2005-2010 after the community was subjected to an Islamic attempt to engineer a change in the demography. A large section of the mainstream media, however, harps on a lie that the term is a coinage by the Hindu right.
The filmmakers have released a short teaser, in which they talk about the trafficking of thousands of girls from Kerala. According to the teaser, more than 32,000 women have been abducted from Kerala so far.
The film seems to suggest that it has been a campaign to convert Kerala into an Islamic province. Such incidents have been happening in Kerala for more than a decade. The filmmakers have been doing research on the subject for a long time, they say.
Producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah said about the film, “This story is of a human tragedy that will shock you to the core. When Sudipto came and narrated it to me with his research of more than three or four years, I broke down. It was the same day I decided to make this film. I am glad that we are now going ahead with the film and we look forward to telling a very real, fair and true story of events.”
Writer-director Sudipto Sen said, “According to an investigation, since 2009, around 32,000 girls from Kerala and Mangalore have been converted to Islam from Hindu and Christian communities and most of them were transported to Syria, Afghanistan and other ISIS and Haqqani-dominated areas.”
“During our research on the subject and throughout our field trips, we have seen the tears of mothers of runaway girls. We found some of them in prisons in Afghanistan and Syria. Most of the girls were married to dreaded terrorists of Isis and they have borne children for the terrorists too. This important film tries to listen to the cries of all the mothers who have lost their daughters,” Sen said.