Strange creatures are these liberals. The way they’re ready to fight even with nothing but pure air is impeccable to say the least. There is no breaking the success he has achieved in fighting the wind. Now “The Economist” has alleged that PM Modi is promoting “Islamophobia” through “The Kerala Story”, and the “secularism” of Bollywood is in danger!
Oh, the meltdown!
Like they say, winning is the best when everyone is dying to see you lose. This is what Sudipto Sen and company might be experiencing after the stupendous success of “The Kerala Story”. Made on a modest budget of 25 crores, the movie amassed a whopping 200 crores plus in less than 3 weeks, that too domestically. If everything goes right, the movie might surpass the lifetime domestic collections of “The Kashmir Files”, well before the release of “Adipurush”.
However, one portal seems to have developed major burns with the success of the same. Once the darling of the liberals, “The Economist” seems to have special problems with the movie, and they accuse PM Modi of promoting Islamophobia through this ‘low budget movie’. Typical liberal ranting, ain’t it?
“Bollywood’s secularism in danger!”
Well, this is only the beginning. What even the likes of “The Indian Express” and “The Wire” couldn’t do it together, “The Economist” has decided to do it all by themselves. They’ve not only accused PM Modi of promoting “anti Muslim elements”, but have also claimed that Bollywood’s X factor of Secularism is in danger!
“A heavily politicised row over a low-budget and allegedly Islamophobic film called “The Kerala Story”, which was released this month, suggests that record of tolerance is in jeopardy. The controversy has sparked communal clashes, at least one death and over 100 arrests in the western state of Maharashtra.”
This was only the beginning as they further ranted, “It began even before the recent release of the film, which is about a fictitious Hindu woman who converted to Islam and was then radicalised. A marketing trailer for the film claimed that 32,000 girls from the southern state of Kerala had been forcibly converted to Islam then joined jihadist groups in Syria and Yemen. This was a gross exaggeration. In 2016, around 20 young men and women left Kerala, a prosperous southern state known for its high education levels, to join Islamic State, an international jihadist group. But that did not deter Narendra Modi and his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from enthusiastically championing the film. While campaigning for Karnataka’s recent election, India’s prime minister claimed it had exposed “a new form of terrorism”.”
Just do it PM Modi!
By the way, if Bollywood really listened to PM Modi, then films like “Pathan”, “Bheed”, “Afwah” would never have seen the light of the day. But we have a special request to PM Modi, just accept the words of “The Economist” for once, and do what they fear the most. Anyway, most people in Indian cinema listen to you in one way or the other, and some even make sure that organizations like “The Economist” don’t want to be shown what they want. Rest is up to PM Modi and his approach.
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