Adah Sharma’s film “The Kerala Story” directed by Sudipto Sen will soon be available on Zee5.
Adah Sharma, featured in “The Kerala Story,” is ready to kickstart its journey on OTT platforms. Adah excitedly announced this news to her fans via Instagram. Directed by Sudipto Sen and produced by Vipul Shah, the film guarantees an immersive cinematic experience.
She wrote, “FINALLY !!!!! SURPRISE !!The most anticipated film is dropping soon on ZEE5!#TheKeralaStory premieres on 16th February, only on #ZEE5.”
The Kerala Story follows the story of three girls: Shalini (Adah Sharma), Nimah (Yogita Bihani), and Geetanjali (Siddhi Idnani), who are manipulated by their roommate, Asifa (Sonia Balani), into converting to another religion.
The movie is divided into two parts: the first half portrays how the girls were manipulated into converting to another religion, while the second half shows Shalini’s journey as Fatima Ba – a converted member of a terrorist group and her imprisonment in Afghanistan. It also shows how men were brainwashed too to woo Hindu and Christian women of Kerala in the name of love, convert them and convince them to join war zones. The shocking incidents occurred between 2018-19, when a rising number of Kerala youths had come under the influence of a terrorist group.
Sharing her sentiments, Adah Sharma expressed, “The courageous creators of The Kerala Story, Vipul Shah and Sudipto Sen, deserve applause for their immense dedication in bringing this film to life. Following its outstanding success at the box office, where it made history as the highest-grossing female-led film of all time worldwide, we are now looking forward to the film’s release on ZEE5. Partnering with this global platform will enable us to reach a much broader audience. Many who missed the opportunity to watch it in theaters and others who are eager to watch it again are eagerly awaiting its release. I’m thrilled I have an answer to all those who have been asking ‘Kerala story OTT pe kab aaegi?’.”
Excited about the OTT journey, Vipul Amrutlal Shah said, “After the tremendous success at the box office, we have been receiving thousands of mails asking when will The Kerala Story come on OTT. So, the wait is finally over and here it is. The Kerela Story is going to premiere on ZEE5 and it’s going to be an amazing experience to sit in your house, watch the film and there are so many moments where you want to rewind and rewatch or watch the film again and again. And now you have got all the options to enjoy this film as many times as you want with your entire family. This is a very important film for the entire family to see together. So I hope that every family watches it together and learns from what we are trying to show in the film”.Director Sudipto Sen added, “Tackling such a sensitive topic and translating it into a film is no small feat; it’s a challenge we willingly embraced. However, every filmmaker wants an assurance about his work and The Kerala Story’s box office performance was my assurance and gratification to continue to have faith in myself. But for those who haven’t watched the film yet, I urge them to watch The Kerala Story on ZEE5 for a transformational experience. Many are living in the dark about the reality of the situation and for those, this film will lift that darkness and show them the naked truth as the stories in the film are real. The faces in the film are real. The fates and consequences of the characters in the film are real. The Kerala Story is a unique cinematic experience for the viewers of the film. And that is what made this film an “unprecedented blockbuster” as per BO pandits”.
Since the release of its trailer, “The Kerala Story” has been the subject of scrutiny. The trailer claimed that 32,000 women had gone missing from Kerala, prompting objections from many regarding the accuracy of the figures. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticized it as a ‘distorted story’ and initially imposed a ban on the film in the state. However, the ban was lifted after the Supreme Court directed the state government to permit its screening.
Despite the controversy, “The Kerala Story” proved to be a box office success last year. It is scheduled to premiere on February 16 on ZEE5.