Controversial film ‘The Kerala Story’ has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the second highest-grossing Hindi film of 2023, surpassing the collections of Ranbir Kapoor’s ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’ and Salman Khan’s ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan.’ Despite facing bans and controversies, the film’s strong box office numbers and captivating storyline have propelled it to success.
Box Office Success
‘The Kerala Story,’ starring Adah Sharma, was released in cinemas on May 5. The film has garnered substantial attention and popularity, resulting in impressive box office collections. On its 12th day, the film collected Rs 9.65 crore, bringing the total to an impressive Rs 156.69 crore.
The film’s achievement is notable as it surpasses the collections of two highly anticipated films, ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’ and ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan,’ featuring popular actors Ranbir Kapoor and Salman Khan, respectively. With its compelling narrative and engaging performances, ‘The Kerala Story’ has resonated with audiences and emerged as a formidable competitor in the Hindi film industry.
Controversies and Bans
Despite its success, ‘The Kerala Story’ has not been without controversy. The film explores a sensitive subject, claiming that women from Kerala were forced to convert to Islam and recruited by the terror group Islamic State (IS). As a result, the film faced bans in West Bengal and canceled screenings in Tamil Nadu. However, it also received tax-free status in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Madhya Pradesh.
The Producers Guild of India expressed its distress and strong objection to state-enforced bans on ‘The Kerala Story.’ The guild emphasized that film releases are regulated by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and stated that the audience should have the freedom to choose whether to watch or ignore a film, rather than being subjected to bans imposed by parties other than the CBFC.
‘The Kerala Story’ has made a remarkable impact by becoming the second highest-grossing Hindi film of 2023. Despite facing bans and controversies, the film’s compelling storyline and strong box office numbers have propelled it to success. As it continues to captivate audiences, ‘The Kerala Story’ solidifies its position as a noteworthy film in the Hindi film industry.
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