The Kerala Story has earned 136 crore nett at the domestic box office in ten days of its release in theatres. Directed by Sudipto Sen, this film earned a lot of money. 23 crore on Sunday, breaking the record for the highest one-day numbers. While the film earned It earned 81.14 crores in the first week of its release. 55.60 crores in the second weekend. (Also Read | The Kerala Story’s Adah Sharma says every film she does, she feels it will be hers)
The Kerala Story, a film on religious conversion, has polarized political discourse in the country, leading to a ban in West Bengal and tax-free status in others. It hit the theaters on 5 May. The film was released in 37 countries on 12 May. Kerala Story stars Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Siddhi Idnani and Sonia Balani in lead roles.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared a poster of the film on Twitter on Monday. He tweeted, “#TheKeralaStory crosses half century in *Weekend 2*. [Fri to Sun]… records its *highest singles day* number [second] sun… inch closer 150 crores, fast towards 200 crores… [Week 2] Venus 12.35 crores, Saturn 19.50 crores, Sun 23.75 crores. Total: 136.74 cr. #India biz. #boxoffice.” He also added, “#TheKeralaStory biz at a glance…* Week 1: 81.14 cr *Weekend 2: 55.60 crores,* Total: 136.74 cr. Net BOC. #India biz. Blockbuster.”
Produced by Vipul Shah, The Kerala Story claims to be a story about some women from Kerala who were forced to convert and recruited by ISIS. The film has been banned in West Bengal and multiplexes in Tamil Nadu have stopped screening it citing law and order situation, while BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have given it tax-exempt status.
After the film’s trailer claimed that 32,000 women from Kerala had gone missing and joined the terrorist group ISIS, a major controversy arose around the film. However, following protests, the controversial image in the trailer was later withdrawn. Its trailer description was later changed to a story of three women from Kerala.
The Supreme Court has recently sought response from the West Bengal and Tamil Nadu governments on a plea by the makers of The Kerala Story that the film is not being screened in cinema halls in these two states.