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Kerala high court refuses to order a stay on Kamala Das biopic Aami

Lawyer Ramachandran had alleged that the makers of Aami have purposely left out a crucial part from Das's biography to justify 'love jihad'.

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The Kerala high court has declined to order a stay on Kamala Das’s Malayalam biopic, titled Aami. A petition was filed against the film by lawyer KP Ramachandran.

However, the high court bench admitted the petition and asked the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the Information and Broadcasting ministry to file counter affidavits in two weeks. 

Ramachandran had alleged that a part of the biography where Das loses faith in her new religion after learning that the man who got her converted to Islam received a huge sum for it is omitted from the film, which, according to him is done to justify 'love jihad'.

Das was a well-known Malayalam author and poetess. She had converted to Islam and changed her name to Kamala Surayya. Celebrated Malayalam actress Manju Warrier will be seen playing Das in Aami. 

In his petition, Ramachandran had alleged that Das’s conversion was the beginning of ‘love jihad’ in Kerala. “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 honorable 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. The film Aami is intended to be a catalystic agent for the said process,” said the lawyer in his petition. 

The term ‘love jihad’ refers to Muslim men allegedly targeting women belonging to non-Muslim communities for conversion to Islam by feigning love.