Agenda to plant seeds of communalism, says VD Satheesan about movie 'The Kerala Story'

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Legislative Assembly opposition leader VD Satheesan has come out against the controversial movie 'The Kerala Story', scripted and directed by Sudipto Sen.

The movie follows the fictitious story of four women from Kerala who are converted to Islam for recruitment to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The film, which is yet to hit theatres, claims that 32,000 women had gone missing from the state. The teaser of the movie met with strong criticism from all walks of life.

"This is part of Modi's agenda to plant the seeds of communalism. Kerala will stand united against this deliberate move to foster religious rivalry and enmity," he wrote in a Facebook post.

Satheesan claimed that the film falsely claims that 32,000 women in Kerala converted and became members of the Islamic State. He asked the government not to allow the screening of the film.

"This is not an issue of freedom of expression but part of an attempt to implement the Sangh Parivar agenda of creating communalism and division in the society by casting doubt on the minority groups. The trailer of the movie makes it clear what the film intends to communicate," he added.

Meanwhile, Chennai-based Tamil journalist BR Aravindakshan accused the film of attempting to spread hatred against Kerala. He also formally filed a complaint to the Chief Minister.

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