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The Kerala Story mints ₹35 crore at the box office in three days


‘The Kerala Story’ directed by Sudipto Sen made significant profits at the Indian box office in the three days after its release with the total earnings 35 crore to date. On Day 2, the film’s collection closed at the box office 20 crore.

The film’s trailer was criticized for suggesting that 32,000 girls from the state were missing and had joined the terror group ISIS. In response to the backlash, the film team removed the figure and reworded the trailer’s description to focus on the story of three women from Kerala.

Vipul Amrutlal Shah produced the movie “The Kerala Story” which was released on 5 May. The Kerala High Court rejected a request for a stay of payment upon the film’s release. The film stars Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Siddhi Idnani and Sonia Balani in the lead roles.

The Kerala High Court has rejected the plea to halt the film’s release, stating that the film’s trailer does not offend any particular community as a whole. The court also mentioned that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has reviewed the film and concluded that it is suitable for public screening.

The BJP’s Delhi unit demanded on Sunday that the AAP government grant tax exemption to the film “The Kerala Story” and hold its special screenings for girls aged 15-16 in the city.

State BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor said the film was based on the “serious issue of love jihad”, “religious conversion” and pushing innocent girls into “terrorism”.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced on Saturday to give tax-exempt status to ‘The Kerala Story’ in the state, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi credited the film for exposing terror plots and using it to promote the Congress at a rally in Karnataka.

The CM said the film exposes the conspiracies of “love jihad,” religious conversion and terrorism and its “hideous” face. “Love jihad” is a term often used by right-wing activists to claim that Muslim men have a trick to trick Hindu women into religious conversion through marriage.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.