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Petition against Kamala Das biopic for allegedly justifying ‘love jihad’

According to lawyer KP Ramachandran, the film, starring Manju Warrier, skips crucial events from Das's life, inadvertently justifying 'love jihad'.

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A petition has been filed in the Kerala High Court seeking a ban on Malayalam film Aami for allegedly justifying ‘love jihad.’ The film is based on the life of late author and poetess Kamala Das, adapted from her biography The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendhip with Kamala Das by Merrily Weisbord. 

'Love jihad' is a phrase coined and used by right wing groups for Hindu girls marrying Muslim boys and converting to Islam. Das, who was also known as Madhavikutty, converted to Islam and changed her name to Kamala Surayya. 

The petitioner, lawyer KP Ramachandran, has alleged that her conversion was the commencement 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,” he stated. 

“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.” 

He also 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'.

Directed by Kamal, Aami has celebrated Malayalam actress Manju Warrier play the role of Kamala Das.