Lakshadweep filmmaker Aisha Sultana who was booked under section 124 A (sedition) after she criticised the BJP government-appointed island administrator, has announced her second movie “124 (A).”
The case against Aisha Sultana, a vocal activist of the ‘Save Lakshadweep campaign’, was registered at a police station in Lakshadweep’s main island and capital, Kavaratti, following a complaint by a local BJP leader in June this year. The complaint said that she had called the federal territory’s administrator a “bioweapon” being used by the government against the islands’ residents. The Kerala High Court granted anticipatory bail to her in the sedition case.
“We fall only to rise again,” said Aisha while announcing her movie on social media.
“Today is my birthday. I became an anti-national now. No, they labeled me as anti-national.,” said Aisha who made her directorial debut in 2020, with the independent Malayalam film ‘Flush.’
Lal Jose, an award-winning Malayalam filmmaker has released the poster of the upcoming movie.
The movie poster which looks like a front page of a newspaper includes the headings “Sedition Case Against Lakshadweep Filmmaker” and “Save Lakshadweep.”
The movie “based on a true story,” will be produced by Aisha herself.
Aisha Sultana, a native of Chetlat island, also worked as an actor and a model.
Aisha has previously worked as an associate director on the sets of the Malayalam film ‘Kettyolaanu Ente Malaakha’.
Condemning the attack on dissent, many politicians, activists, and celebrities in the islands and mainland, had brought out the statements vowing solidarity to the filmmaker Aisha Sultana’s stance.
For a year, the majorly Muslim populated islanders are slapped one after the other with bizarre policies and regulations that don’t go along with the living realities of the island. Forced land acquisition, ban on those having more than two children from contesting elections, and prohibition of cattle slaughter, are some.