The press conference of The Kerala Story was held today in Mumbai. It was attended by actors Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Sonia Balani and Siddhi Idnani, producer Vipul Shah and director Sudipto Sen. As expected, questions were raised by the media on the criticism that the film tries to show the Muslim community in a bad light.
Vipul Shah THUNDERS at The Kerala Story press conference: “Sholay mein Gabbar Singh villain hai. Does that mean Ramesh Sippy is against the Singh community? Singham Again had a Hindu preist as a villain. Why didn’t you raise your voice then?”
Vipul Shah thundered as he responded to this criticism, “Main aapko ek simple baat kehta hoon. Sholay (1975) mein Gabbar Singh villain hai. Does that mean director Ramesh Sippy is against the Singh community? Jab bhi koi film kuch bure logon ki baat karti hai, toh har waqt toh usse kisi religion se nahin jodte hai. In Singham Returns (2014), the villain was a priest. Does that mean the makers were trying to villainize the Hindu saints and the Hindu community? Of course not. That’s a character in that film. Similarly, in our film, certain characters are terrorists. When you didn’t raise these questions during the release of Sholay and Singham Returns, then why now? Why can’t we say that ‘this film is against terrorism…let’s applaud it’? Instead, we are trying to hint that ‘yeh film toh kisi taraf ishara kar rahi hai’.”
Vipul Shah continued, “While making the film, we took extreme care that we don’t demonize any religion and community. We are also against the perpetrators and that’s what we have highlighted. This film is about these girls whose lives were destroyed. The rest is our ways of disagreeing, which is most welcome. It’s a democracy. Everybody has the right to disagree. But kisi aur film mein aapne yeh sawaal uthaya? Har film ka villain kisi na kisi religion se belong karta hai. There can’t be a villain who doesn’t belong to any religion. How many times have you raised this question? Then why ask this question today? Why can’t we focus on these women? That is a bigger question that we need to ask.”
Also present at the press conference were 26 women from Aarsha Vidya Samajam, Kerala. The makers claimed that they were brainwashed similarly to the characters in The Kerala Story.
Also Read: The Kerala Story press conference: Director Sudipto Sen BREAKS silence on criticism that the film shows Muslims in bad light: “We were not here to do the balancing act; we have actually done service to the Islamic religion”
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