A new film on a Muslim woman from the southern Indian state of Kerala who raised three Hindu children, Ennu Swantham Sreedharan (Yours Truly, Sreedharan), has found resonance at a time when tales of polarisation and communal disharmony are regularly reported in India. Thennadan Subaidia, who died in 2019, took in Sreedharan and his two older sisters, Ramani and Leela, in 1976 after their mother died while giving birth to a fourth child. She already had two sons, Jafferkhan and Shanawas, and four years later, gave birth to a daughter, Joshina. The story made headlines in 2019 after Subaida's death. Sreedharan wrote an emotional tribute to his umma (as Malayali Muslims call their mother) on Facebook and many people wondered why a man with a Hindu name was calling his mother umma. Film director Siddik Paravoor was among the many people inspired by the post. "There is so much of humanism in this story that the society needs to know,'' he says.

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