The Kerala Story: Wiki, Cast, Box Office Collection, Controversies

The Kerala Story Wiki

The Kerala Story brings the nation’s attention to the love jihad conspiracy. The distortion must be made clear to the entire society. The movie’s producer, director, and crew all made a commendable and brave effort in this regard.

Background

The Kerala Story is a 2023 drama film in Hindi that was produced and directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Sonia Balani, and Siddhi Idnani are the film’s stars. The plot centres on a made-up account of a group of Kerala women who are forced to become Muslims and later enlist in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The “love jihad” conspiracy theory serves as the movie’s foundation.The movie launched in theatres on May 5, 2023, and it was a commercial success, becoming the second-highest grossing Hindi movie of the year. Critics, however, gave the work overwhelmingly negative reviews and labelled it as Islamophobic propaganda. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is currently in power, heavily promoted the movie and used it in its campaigning for the Karnataka assembly election. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Indian National Congress have also accused the filmmakers of defaming the state and advancing the Sangh Parivar’s agenda.

The Kerala Story Wiki

Directed bySudipto Sen
Written bySuryapal Singh, Sudipto Sen, Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Produced byVipul Amrutlal Shah
StarringAdah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Sonia Balani, Siddhi Idnani
CinematographyPrasantanu Mohapatra
Edited bySanjay Sharma
Music byViresh Sreevalsa, Bishakh Jyoti
Production
company
Sunshine Pictures
Release dateMay 5, 2023
Running time138 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budgetest. ₹15–20 crore (US $1.8–2.4 million)
Box officeest. ₹254.16 crore
Source: Wikipedia

Theme

A woman who converted to Islam named Shalini Unnikrishnan shares her painful experience of trying to become a nurse and then being kidnapped and forced into it by radical organisations. After being tricked into joining ISIS, she was imprisoned in Afghanistan and later rescued by Counter Terrorism Task Force.The whole film revolves round the destructive nature of the radical Islamic Organisations and focussed on how women are treated only as sex slaves.

The character of Fathima Ba, a Hindu Malayali nurse who converted to Islam and joined the ISIS before winding up in an Afghan prison, was featured in the teaser video that was released on November 3, 2022. There are many questions surrounding the claim that 32000 women were abducted, even though the events in the movie are based on the accounts of three women from Kerala, namely Nimisha Nair, Sonia Sebastian, and Merin Jacob, who converted to Islam and went to Afghanistan to join ISIS between 2016 and 2018.Later, in response to legal action, the film’s creators removed all promotional materials that contained the inaccurate figure, including the teaser.

Controversies

The film has drawn criticism from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Indian National Congress, for spreading “communal misinformation” in line with the Sangh Parivar’s political objectives. The Tamil Nadu Multiplex Association appears to have stopped showing the movie after it performed poorly in Tamil Nadu, but the filmmakers dispute this and claim political censorship.

The film was outlawed on May 8 by the West Bengal government, which referred to it as “hate speech” and cited unfavourable intelligence reports that suggested rising communal tensions among the audience. The Supreme Court heard the filmmakers’ appeal of the ruling, and the ban was postponed.

Cast

  • Adah Sharma as Shalini Unnikrishnan / Fatima Ba
  • Yogita Bihani as Nimah
  • Sonia Balani as Asifa
  • Siddhi Idnani as Geetanjali
  • Devadarshini as Shalini’s mother
  • Vijay Krishna
  • Pranay Pachauri
  • Pranav Misshra

Source: Wikipedia

Box Office Collection

The movie had the fifth-highest opening day in India for 2023 with a total domestic revenue of 8.03 crore. By the end of May 2023, the movie had almost 250 cr in box office revenue, making it a blockbuster. After Shahrukh Khan’s Pathaan, it became the second-highest-grossing Hindi movie of 2023.


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