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Release date: 12 May 2023
Running time: 136 minutes
Shalini and her husband Ishak reach ISIS and Islamic Brotherhood-controlled Herat area Afghanistan-Iran border. The next destination is Naqibishq, Syria — the Southern headquarter of Islamic Khalifayet. Shalini, now Fatima after converting to Islam, is overwhelmed. All she dreams of is to embrace Islam and travel to Syria to serve Khalifayet... Back home in Kasaragod, Kerala, the southern-most state of India, her friend Gitanjali had committed suicide after failing to handle the brutal blackmailing of local ISIS recruiters. Nimah, another hostel-mate of Shalini somehow managed to save herself from the same terror syndicate, but not before being repeatedly raped. Both vehemently warned Shalini of the evilest consequences. But Shalini refused to pay any heed to it. All she wanted was to give birth to her child in the sacred land of Islam, in Syria. She just wanted to give her life to Islam. She is now living in an incarceration centre in a nameless place in the middle of Tral Desert. As Ishak dies in a drone attack by the American army, she is abducted by the ISIS militants to make her a Suriyya or a sex slave. Ironically, she is sent off to Syria. Will she be able to escape and reunite with her mother in Kerala? Shalini is among more than 32 thousand girls from Kerala - "God's own country", who have disappeared from their homes and most of them landed in the dungeon of the mindless killers... THE KERALA STORY... A heart-wrenching thriller begins with the darkest truth of religious conversion and radical Islamic recruitment in India.
Original title: The Kerala Story (Hindi)
Cast: Adah Sharma, Siddhi Idnani, Vijay Krishna, Yogita Bihani, Benedict Garrett, Bhavna Makhija, Pranay Pachauri, Sonia Balani, Pranav Mishra
Director: Vipul Amrutlal Shah, Sudipto Sen