Director Kamal’s upcoming Malayalam movie Aami starring Manju Warrier is the biopic of the prolific poet and writer Madhavikutty aka Kamala Das. But as the film is nearing its release, a petition has been filed in the Kerala High Court seeking a ban on Aami on the grounds that the film justifies ‘love jihad’. The petition has been filed by lawyer KP Ramachandran of Edappally who seeks a directive from the court to the CBFC asking the latter to not issue any certificate to the film. The petition also asks the CBFC to observe if the film portrays the life incidents of Kamala Das in any inappropriate manner.According to a report in The Times of India, the petition stated, “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.”
It further adds, “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.”The petition cites a translated version of Kamala Das’ biography ‘Love Queen of Malabar’ by Merrily Weisbord and insists that Kamala lost faith in the religion after she came to know that a man received 10 lakh dollars for converting her into Islam. He alleges that the director distorted real-life incidents in the name of creative freedom and omitted this incident in Aami to justify ‘love jihad’ and save the man in question.