Man Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy, in a recent interview, revealed that she found several instances of racial insult in the film 'Abrahaminte Santhathikal' released in 2018.
"I happened to see a film from the state Kerala which supposedly has modern thinking- Abrahaminte Santhathikal. The villains of the film- Africans were depicted as cruel and idiots . These Africans were imported into Kerala just to work on the racial angle.", said Aundhati Roy.
She went on to add, "There is no point in criticising Kerala. This society, the artists, actors, producers are all like this. North Indians mock South Indians for their darker complexion and South Indians mock Africans for the same reason."
Abrahaminte Santhathikal is a 2018 Indian Malayalam-language action-crime thriller film directed by debutant Shaji Padoor and written by Haneef Adeni. The film stars Mammootty and Anson Paul in the lead roles, and Kaniha, Tarushi, Renji Panicker, Yog Japee and Kalabhavan Shajon in pivotal roles. Shot in Ernakulam, principal photography began on 5 January 2018 and ended in March. Gopi Sundar scores music to the film and editing is handled by Mahesh Narayan.