Ennu Swantham–Sreedharan: a Kerala story of a Muslim girl who raised three Hindu kids


Ennu Swantham – Sreedharan (Yours Really Sreedharan) was screened in collaboration with Safdar Hashmi Memorial Belief and Janasamskriti. Picture: Particular Association

Even because the movie struggles of get distributers in India, folks from all walks of life gathered on the screening of Ennu Swantham–Sreedharan (Yours Really Sreedharan) that was held at Delhi’s Jawahar Bhawan on Friday. For the viewers, the film was a narrative about Kerala which “must be advised”. For some, this was the “solely story of the Kerala”.

Directed by Siddik Paravoor, the 90-minute movie is the real-life story of a Muslim girl, Zubeidaa, who brings up the three kids of her home assist — a Hindu — after her sudden demise. The Malayalam movie has English subtitles. It moved many to tears contained in the auditorium the place the true Sreedharan, the favorite baby of Zubeidaa, was additionally current.

The story went viral in 2019 when Mr. Sreedharan mourned by way of a FB put up the demise of his Umma (mom) Zubeidaa, stating that this certainly was the truth of Kerala’s generations of “non secular and human” concord. For Mr. Sreedharan, Zubeidaa was the one mom he knew as his actual mom Chikki had left the world when he was only one. He and his two sisters had been raised and given schooling by their Muslim foster mom and the three by no means confronted any stress or compulsion of changing to Islam.

Mr. Paravoor, who was impressed by the FB put up to make the film and stayed with the household to know extra about them, was overwhelmed with the response to the movie. He advised The Hindu that even when it was launched in January, he failed to seek out any distributors. He mentioned most rejected the movie as a consequence of its lack of a star forged.

“It’s a small price range film and was made in simply 40 lakh which too was crowd-funded by my kin, pals and well-wishers. We’re underneath debt as this cash must be returned. I really feel unhappy that there aren’t any takers for the ‘actual Kerala story’ which talks about human feelings, unity and love,” Mr. Paravoor mentioned.

The movie was screened in collaboration with Safdar Hashmi Memorial Belief (SAHMAT) and Janasamskriti (socio- cultural organisation) whose representatives advised the viewers that it is a movie that’s “past propaganda and exhibits the truth of India”.

“The making of this film began in 2019, a lot earlier than the propaganda movie, The Kerala Story was imagined. That is the true Kerala story and that’s the reason its screening was vital to be held on the coronary heart of the capital,” mentioned V.Ok. Cherian, the moderator of the screening.

Nisha S., who watched the film mentioned it’s “resistance in opposition to falsehoods and imaginary existence”. Indu Chandraskehra, who too noticed the movie with one in all her pals, mentioned that it was a narrative that was ready to be advised. “It touched my coronary heart and made me cry despite the fact that I relied on subtitles,” she mentioned.

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