Kerala CM Calls for Withdrawal of ‘The Kerala Story’ Broadcast

The release of “The Kerala Story,” featuring Adah Sharma, ignited a firestorm of controversy, delving into a real-life incident from Kerala’s annals. Chronicling Sharma’s portrayal as a hostage navigating her journey back to her homeland, the film’s exploration of religious conversions amplified its contentious nature nationwide.

In a surprising turn, the film gained unexpected traction in North India, culminating in its forthcoming television premiere on the government-owned channel, Doordarshan, slated for April 5th. However, Kerala’s Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, has vehemently opposed this decision, urging to halt the broadcast. Labeling the film as a tool of propaganda, the Chief Minister has condemned its screening, sparking a clash of ideologies.

“The Kerala Story” is not an isolated instance; it adds to a growing trend of propaganda-driven cinema. With films like “Kashmir Files,” “Razakar,” and “Savarkar” stirring controversy and polarizing opinions, political parties are utilizing the cinematic medium to further their agendas, especially with elections looming on the horizon.

In the midst of this turmoil, a call for discernment emerges. It is imperative for the public to discern between films intended for communal benefit and those crafted for partisan gain. As tensions escalate and political motives intertwine with cinematic narratives, fostering a culture of critical consumption becomes paramount.

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