In a rather shocking development Manju Warrier’s upcoming film ‘Aami’—which based on the life of Malayalam author Madhavikutty – has run into trouble for a rather shocking reason. According to a leading daily, a Kerala-based lawyer has filed a petition in the Kerala High Court and asked for a ban on the film for allegedly glorifying ‘Love Jihad’. The petition reportedly claims that the makers of ‘Aami’ have reportedly distorted facts and omitted the part where Madhavikutty got disillusioned with Islam after initially embracing it.
“The conversion of Madhavikutty into Islam was the beginning of “love jihad” in Kerala. Love jihad is the grave menace the society now faces in Kerala. This hon’ble high court of Kerala had occasion to go deep into the subject and came out with shocking revelations that love jihad is taking place in an enormous manner. Now the well-oiled machineries are working for meeting the said end. The film Aami is intended to be a catalystic agent for the said process,” reads the petition.
Well, this is a developing situation and it will be worth watching what happens next. Interestingly, ‘Aami’ is the second film in recent times which has run into some major problems because of ‘distorting history’. Prior to its eventual release, the Hindi film ‘Padmaavat’ too had faced opposition from several groups for allegedly showing Rajput culture in a bad light. It ultimately hit screens on R-day after the SC intervened in the matter. It will be worth watching what the judiciary decides to do in this case.
On a related note, ‘Aami’ has been directed by veteran filmmaker Kamal and also features young actor Tovino Thomas in a key role. The lead role was originally offered to Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, however, she turned it down much to the disappointment of her fans.