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Movie secures massive bookings despite poor reviews

released on 5 May 2023



The Kerala Story

Watch this controversial film based on true events and find out what people are saying about it. Decide for yourself if the film is worth watching!

The Kerala Story is a Hindi film that was released on 5 May 2023. This is a Hindi thriller film produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and directed by Sudipto Sen. The film stars Adah Sharma as Shalini, a college student who gets involved in a radical group that brainwashes her and turns her into a terrorist. The film also features Yogita Bihani, Sonia Bilani, and Siddhi Idnani as Shalini’s friends who try to save her from the clutches of the group.

The film is based on a true story of a Kerala girl who was lured into joining the Islamic State by her online lover. The film explores the themes of love, betrayal, indoctrination, and extremism in a realistic and gripping manner. The film also showcases the scenic beauty of Kerala and its culture.

Adah Sharma delivers a career-best performance as Shalini, who undergoes a drastic transformation from a naive and innocent girl to a ruthless and fanatical woman. She portrays the complex emotions of Shalini with conviction and intensity. She also impresses with her action scenes and Malayalam accent.

The film has faced strong opposition from various political parties and civil society groups in Kerala, who have accused the filmmakers of defaming the state and its people. They have also challenged the authenticity of the film’s claims, which are based on dubious sources and inaccurate statistics. According to official data, only a handful of people from Kerala have joined ISIS over the years, and none of them were women who converted to Islam.

However, ‘The Kerala Story’ has secured the fifth highest advance bookings of the year, selling 32,000 tickets in national chains. The film is expected to do well at the box office, with estimated total collections exceeding the Rs 10 crore net India mark despite receiving many negative reviews.

Prima facie, The Kerala Story is a film that tries to cash in on the sensationalism and controversy surrounding a sensitive issue. However, it fails to deliver a convincing or credible story that respects the facts and the sentiments of the people. But on the other hand, the film will keep you on the edge of your seat till the end. It is a film that will make you think and question your beliefs. It is a film that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.

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