The Kerala Story producer agrees to remove ‘32,000 women converted’ from teaser


As the film ‘The Kerala Story’ continues to face criticism, its producer, Vipul Amrutlal Shah, agreed on Friday to remove a teaser that claimed over 32,000 Kerala women were recruited by ISIS. The producer informed the Kerala High Court today that the teaser would be removed from their social media accounts.

The producer of the film ‘The Kerala Story’ assured the Kerala High Court that the controversial teaser would not be shown again on their social media handles.

The teaser claimed that over 32,000 women from Kerala were recruited to ISIS.

Meanwhile, the Kerala High Court has declined to stay the screening of the film ‘The Kerala Story’. The court observed that the trailer contains nothing offensive to a specific community as a whole. The court stated that the film was examined by a competent statutory authority, such as the CBFC, and found to be suitable for publication.

The film about the alleged radicalization and conversion of young Hindu women to Islam in Kerala before they were inducted into the terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) opened in theatres today.

The plea seeking a stay on its release was first mentioned on May 2. The Supreme Court refused to entertain the plea which said it was the “worst kind of hate speech” and an “audio-visual propaganda”.

The top court observed producers have invested money in the film and actors have dedicated their labour, and it is for the market to decide if the movie is not up to the mark. Meanwhile, shows of Adah Sharma-starrer controversial movie, The Kerala Story, have been cancelled in several districts across Kerala on its release day amid backlash.

In Kochi, two shows that were listed earlier have been cancelled. Theatre owners at Lulu Mall and Centre Square Mall in Kochi have decided to boycott the movie. Similarly, theatres in Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Kannur and Wayanad districts have also decided not to screen the movie.