Vipul Shah’s highly anticipated film, “The Kerala Story,” is making waves at the box office, poised to cross the remarkable Rs100-crore mark today. With its current total standing at Rs93.37 crore, the film collected a staggering Rs12.23 crore on its second Friday, surpassing its opening day earnings. Following Shah Rukh Khan’s “Pathaan,” Adah Sharma’s film is on track to become the second-highest grossing film of the year, emerging as a blockbuster.
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However, from the moment the film was announced, “The Kerala Story” has been shrouded in controversies. Let’s delve into the buzz surrounding Vipul Shah and Adah Sharma’s film.
The Controversy and Calls for a Ban
“The Kerala Story” is a Hindi film that revolves around a group of women from Kerala who join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Although the film is a work of fiction inspired by true events, it faced severe backlash.
Several petitions were filed seeking to restrain the film’s release and distribution. These petitions were filed in response to a teaser released in November 2022, which portrayed innocent girls being lured and converted to Islam. The petitioners argued that the film, claiming to be based on true events, is false, misleading, and likely to hurt religious sentiments while inciting hatred among communities in India. Some petitioners even equated the film to hate speech.
Initially filed in the Supreme Court under Article 32 of the Indian Constitution, the court ruled that the appropriate action should be taken in the jurisdiction of the respective High Courts.
The Film’s Release
After extensive hearings, both the Supreme Court and the Kerala High Court declined to grant any relief against the filmmakers and the film. The Division Bench of the Kerala High Court, after reviewing the film’s teaser and trailer, concluded that there were no allegations against Islam and nothing offensive to any particular community as a whole. The court also noted that the film carried an appropriate disclaimer and had been certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) as suitable for public exhibition. As a result, the courts rejected the petitions for a stay on the film’s release.
Following three days of dramatic events, “The Kerala Story” was finally released worldwide on May 5, captivating audiences with its gripping narrative and earning impressive box office numbers.
As the film continues its successful run, it is expected to achieve even greater milestones, solidifying its place as a noteworthy blockbuster in the Indian film industry.
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