The Kerala Story: A Review

I watched “The Kerala Story” with my family. For the first time, it was the first day, the first show for me. And what a hard-hitting film, shot intelligently with admirable clarity and unflinching focus, with no silly songs and dream sequences. The filmmakers truthfully displayed everything which happens when you are caught in their jaws. You can escape from a crocodile’s mouth but not theirs. It is the main takeaway from the film.

It tells the story of three girls brainwashed in various ways by Muslims to be used for terrorism. If a girl was too intelligent, she was drugged. They preached to her if she was gullible. If she was too stubborn, they drugged her, had sex with her, and photographed her to blackmail them. Drugs were their mainstay to convince them that their actions were entirely justified. Muslims were compensated handsomely for this with oil money.

The film gives attention to even minor details. The main protagonist is named Fatima, incidentally, the name taken by the real-life girl Nimisha who is currently in Afghanistan. Kerala produces the maximum number of nurses; hence the story is set in a nursing college in the town of Kasargod, a jihadi capital. The town is in the Malabar region which bore the brunt of invasions by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan 250 years back. Within two decades, the father-son duo completely changed the demography of the region by enforcing conversions. It is in this region that Moplah riots happened about a hundred years back which killed lakhs of Hindus. 

The locales in the film look authentic. The Afghanistan part was probably shot in Ladakh, but they managed to pull it off. The costumes chosen belong to Kerala, and they spoke Hindi in a Malayalam accent, which made the film more authentic to its title. All these elements transport you to the barbaric world of Islamic terrorism lurking in God’s own country.

The film is a more realistic and violent version of a decade-old, underrated Saif Ali Khan Starrer film Kurbaan. In the movie, hero commits suicide at the end and undergoes a change of heart. However, in the Kerala Story, not even one is shown as a balanced person, which is true—no white-washing of their terror and brain-washing. 

I will quickly come to the lessons learned from the movie: 

1. The more hijab you see on the streets, the more violent the society is. They know it, and hence the first point in the conversion is to make a Kafir girl wear a hijab.

2. They will always try to cut you off from your friends and parents once you are in their net. We have already seen it in plenty of recent crimes all over India.

3. Every one of them thinks only of Islam. Everything else is secondary and liable to be destroyed at the first chance. Whether they are doctors, engineers, or even army men, it doesn’t matter. The more educated they are, the more fanatic they become. 

4. They have planted their men at every government office at every level. Even when the position is occupied by a non-Muslim, it turns out to be manned by a secular Hindu more eager to do their bidding. Whether it’s passport office, railway reservation, police, judiciary, or netas, they can get any work done. With impunity and without any repercussions. 

5. In the film, characters are always shown spouting rabid Allah-Hafiz instead of milder Khuda-Hafiz. In the airports and railway stations, I hear more and more of AH. 

6. Women are either sex slaves or baby-making machines. There is no third significance for them in their scheme of things. 

7. They love to spit on Kafirs and on their food, hair, and even on their dead bodies. Last year, we saw how a top Bollywood film star resorted to spitting on Lata Mangeshkar’s dead body.

8. Hindus don’t teach their children about their religion, culture and traditions. These kids love to belittle everything associated with their upbringing. It is a harsh truth that needs to be corrected as soon as possible. The onus is on the parents. Consequently, they grow to be secular and woke, and it is they who give ‘them’ power and strength.

9. Christians are far better than Hindus in inculcating religious values in their children. I can vouch for it from my personal experience. They go to Church every Sunday and remain connected with their community. 

10. They earn money required for conversion activities through drugs, even when it is haram for them.

11. Police would never come to your help. 

12. The film has references to Ghazwa-e-Hind where they want to finish the work of Aurangzeb. 

13. In the end: Shun them, boycott them is the underlying message. 

The film displays no-holds-barred brutality by Islamists which is disturbing to watch, to say the least. And they come in plenty in the film. As they say it is not for heart patients and pregnant women. Now, if a secularist says that Love Jihad is a sham, the film forces you to decide and draw your own conclusions.

The photography is good and the shots are breathtaking. The props are mostly in place. In one scene, even Zakir Naik was shown brainwashing the neo-converts. However, in one place, they erred when they put a dried tree right on the beach to show the forlornness. The only song in the film is hummable. In a few places, the film drags especially when a girl gives a long lecture to a policewala who keeps sitting dumb-faced. Acting is passable, with the story being a main hero.

The raging controversy about whether there are 32000 missing girls or 3 is good for the film. Any kind of publicity is good publicity, as they say in marketing parlance. Its gist is truth, an absolute and horrifying one. Even when some say it is a propaganda movie, so be it. The film takes the battle in their territory. Let them defend it; let them play the victim card. In the end, they come out as jihadi, which they are. 

Go and watch the movie. Devour it. Imbibe it. Keep the Indian flag high. Else, there will be an ISIS flag soon. Or Al-Qaeda’s. Or PFI’s.

Written by Amit Agarwal, author of the bestsellers on Indian history titled “Swift horses Sharp Swords” and “A Never Ending Conflict”.

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