The Kerala Story," a 2023 Indian drama film directed by Sudipto Sen and produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, is a highly contentious work. It revolves around the alleged conversion of Hindu and Christian girls from Kerala to Islam and their recruitment into ISIS. Despite being marketed as a true story, it's based on a controversial conspiracy theory known as "love jihad." The film faced severe criticism for its factual inaccuracies, with the director later admitting that the figures were entirely fictitious. It stirred legal disputes and protests due to its portrayal of sensitive issues, making it a highly controversial and divisive cinematic endeavor.
"Dream Girl 2" is a 2023 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa and produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor under Balaji Motion Pictures. Serving as a spiritual sequel to the 2019 hit "Dream Girl," the movie stars Ayushmann Khurrana in the lead role, with a talented ensemble cast featuring Ananya Panday, Paresh Rawal, Annu Kapoor, Rajpal Yadav, Vijay Raaz, Asrani, Abhishek Banerjee, Manjot Singh, and Seema Pahwa. The film centers around a young man who cross-dresses and assumes the identity of a woman, leading to a whirlwind of chaos and hilarity. Released theatrically on August 25, 2023, "Dream Girl 2" received mixed critical reviews but achieved significant commercial success, becoming one of the top-grossing Hindi films of 2023.