In India a Bollywood film about people joining Islamic State has sparked heated controversy

According to Reuters, Mumbai is the location of the news being reported. The Indian film industry has recently witnessed the emergence of a low-budget Bollywood production that portrays the recruitment of young women by the Islamic State. This film has sparked fervent discussions among the public, contributing to its immediate commercial success at the box office.

The narrative titled “The Kerala Story” is situated in the coastal region of southern India bearing the same name. The plot revolves around three female characters who undergo a process of indoctrination, conversion, and subsequent relocation to camps affiliated with the Islamic State.

According to data compiled and shared on Twitter by trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the Hindi-language movie, featuring relatively lesser-known actors, has garnered over 450 million rupees (equivalent to $5.50 million) in box office collections since its theatrical debut on Friday, which is an uncommon occurrence in the Bollywood industry.

During an interview, Girish Johar, a producer and industry analyst, stated that despite the challenging conditions of the box-office, ‘The Kerala Story’ has been able to surpass expectations and achieve box-office success. This film ranks among the top decile in terms of its opening box office figures for the current year.

The film directed by Sudipto Sen was commended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for its portrayal of the repercussions of terrorism. The states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, both of which are governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party, have granted an exemption of state taxes on the film, resulting in a reduction in ticket prices.

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However, according to critics, the film may provoke unfavorable attitudes towards the minority Muslim community in the country. The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamta Banerjee, has prohibited the dissemination of a particular narrative within the state, citing the need to prevent any instances of animosity and aggression. She has characterized the narrative in question as being distorted.

As a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, the Tamil Nadu Theatre and Multiplex Owners Association impeded screenings in the state on Sunday.

The Kerala High Court has declined to enforce a prohibition in the region where the movie is situated, contending that it was “inspired by true events.” Next week, the Supreme Court is scheduled to consider an appeal challenging the order issued by the high court.

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