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Shashi Tharoor's powerful one-liner in the Kerala Story debate amid demands to outlaw "propaganda films"

The Kerala Story by Sudipto Sen is scheduled to open in cinemas on May 5, but the Congress party and many other political organisations want it to be stopped. Congressman Shashi Tharoor posted a scathing one-liner about the movie on social media in the middle of these calls.

The Thiruvananthapuram-based Congress MP Shashi Tharoor shared a poster for The Kerala narrative on social media with the one-liner “It may be your Kerala story, it is not our Kerala story.”

Just hours prior, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan attacked The Kerala Story, calling it “propaganda of the Sangh Parivar” and calling it inaccurate and false. This jab at the film's subject matter is timely.

CM Pinarayi Vijayan said yesterday, “The trailer of the Hindi film The Kerala Story was released last day. It looks to have been prepared with the objective of communal divisiveness and to promote hate propaganda against Kerala. The film's attempt to propagate Sangh Parivar propaganda, which has established itself as the epicentre of religious fanaticism in Kerala, the country of secularism, is evident from the trailer.

A group of four females who join ISIS and convert to Islam are shown in the forthcoming movie The Kerala Story as being apprehended by law enforcement while on a trip to Afghanistan with their husbands. The topic of “love jihad” is also discussed in the movie.

The film, which Sudipto Sen wrote and directed, is said to be based on the actual tragedy of 32,000 missing women in Kerala. The film also implied that these ladies, who were Christians and Hindus, were coerced into becoming Muslims and joining ISIS.

The Kerala Story is scheduled to open in cinemas on May 5, but the Congress party is pleading with the government to forbid its showing since it represents the Muslim minority negatively and incites intolerance.

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