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The Kerala Story Review: Half-baked attempt

The Kerala Story Review: Half-baked attempt

Cast
Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Sonia Balani, Siddhi Idnani, Devadarshini, Vijay Krishna, Pranay Pachauri, Pranav Misshra and others

Crew
Director: Sudipto Sen
Music: Viresh Sreevalsa, Bisakh Jyoti
Producer: Vipul Amrutlal Shah

The Kerala Story released globally on May 5, 2023 turned controversial and sensational ever since the movie’s first glimpse was released. Towards its theatrical release, the film attracted attention and was mired in controversy. Let’s us check what the film is all about.

Plot

Kerala Story is about the Kerala girls who have been brainwashed and joining the international terrorist organization ISIS. The story is narrated through the three characters Shalini Unnikrishnan (Adah Sharma), Nimah (Yogita Bihani) and Siddhi Idnani (Geetanjali) who are roommates of a student Asifa (Sonia Balani), an ISIS agent in a nursing college in Kerala.
Asifa and her team including men befriend the girls and pretend to be college students. They get close to the girls and makes them convert to Islam to get married. The aim of the team is to take the girls to Syria as use them as sex slaves. The ordeal faced by the girls and how they would come out of the clutches of ISIS forms the rest of the story.

Performances

Adah Sharma who was seen in many Telugu cinemas gave a decent performance as Shalini Unnikrishnan. Her dubbing as a Kerala girl was good. Geethanjali and Sona did a perfect job in the roles given. Yogita Bihani, Devadarshini, Vijay Krishna, Pranav Mishra, and Pranay Pachauri did justice to their roles.

Analysis

Production values of the film are great. The film is an exaggeration of what happened in the Kerala state to many girls. Though it is a work of fiction, the makers tried to convince the viewers that it is a real life story of many young women. To support it, real life victims are shown in the film towards the end.
The film talks about the controversial subject ‘Love Jihad’ and sexual violence and torture has been shown as the implications of ‘Love Jihad’.
Technical values of the film are decent but there is much scope for improvisation. The film on the whole looks like a half baked attempt.

What’s Good
Adah Sharm Music Locations

What’s Bad
Sexual violence Disturbing scenes

Bottomline
Watch if you liked Kashmir Files

Sarkar Rating: 2/5.

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