The Kerala Story is a 2023 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Sudipto Sen and produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. It stars Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Sonia Balani, and Siddhi Idnani. The plot follows a group of women from Kerala who are coerced into converting to Islam and joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The film was released on 24 March 2023. It was marketed as a true story, but it has been criticized for its misrepresentation of facts. The film falsely claims that thousands of Hindu women from Kerala have been converted to Islam and recruited in ISIS. The Kerala government has condemned the film, and the Kerala High Court has issued a stay on its release.
The film’s director, Sudipto Sen, has defended the film, saying that it is based on real-life events. However, he has not provided any evidence to support his claim. The film’s producers, Vipul Amrutlal Shah and Sunshine Pictures, have also refused to comment on the controversy.
Here is a more detailed update on the box office collection of The Kerala Story:
- The film has now grossed over ₹236.27 crore (US$30.4 million) worldwide, with ₹226.82 crore (US$29.1 million) coming from India and ₹11.93 crore (US$1.5 million) coming from overseas.
- The film has been in theaters for 31 days and is still showing in some theaters.
- The film’s box office performance has been steady, with only a slight decline in its collection in recent weeks.
- The film has been praised for its strong performances, its realistic portrayal of the ISIS terrorist organization, and its important message about the dangers of radicalization.
- The film has also been criticized for its violence and its negative portrayal of Muslims.
Despite the controversy, The Kerala Story has been a commercial success and is now considered to be a blockbuster hit. The film’s success is a testament to the power of storytelling and the importance of raising awareness about important issues.
Watch the trailer of The Kerala Story here:
Here are some additional details about the film:
- The Kerala Story is a Hindi-language drama film directed by Sudipto Sen and produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah.
- The film stars Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Siddhi Idnani, and Sonia Rathee.
- The film’s story is based on the true story of a young woman from Kerala who was brainwashed into joining ISIS.
- The film was released in theaters on May 5, 2023.
- The film has received mixed reviews from critics, but has been a commercial success.