Vipul Shah and Sudipto Sen’s controversial film “The Kerala Story” has become a box office hit, despite facing backlash and bans in some states. The film, starring Adah Sharma in the lead, is based on true events of three women who were allegedly tricked through love jihad, impregnated, and trafficked to Iraq and Syria to join ISIS.
Since the release of the trailer, the film has been accused of spreading hate against the Muslim community by several political leaders. Protests have erupted in different parts of the country, with Tamil Nadu theatres cancelling screenings and owners in other parts of the country refusing to show the film due to law and order issues.
Despite the controversies, film The Kerala Story has received rave reviews from the audience and has seen a steady growth in box office collections. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh reported that the film has earned Rs 45.72 crore in just four days of its release, with Monday’s collections being Rs 10.07 crore.
The film’s success has left the country divided, with some leaders accusing it of being made with an agenda to spread hate against the Muslim community. The film has been banned in West Bengal, but has been made tax free in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
The film stars Adah Sharma, Siddhi Idnani, Sonia Balani, and Yogita Bihani in lead roles. Despite the controversies surrounding it, the film’s success at the box office highlights the audience’s appetite for bold and thought-provoking storytelling.