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Every box office analyst and trade guru is aware that Sudipto Sen’s The Kerala Story is a guaranteed blockbuster.
When Subhash K Jha contacted Sudipto after hearing claims that The Kerala Story would be streaming soon, he was taken aback by his response: “We still haven’t received a suitable offer from any OTT platform for The Kerala Story.”
But what about all the rumours that the film is now available for streaming?
“No, no,” Sudipto says. We’re still looking for a nice bargain from one of the major OTT services.
“However, we have yet to receive an offer worth considering.” It appears that the film business has banded together to harm us.”
But what is the punishment?
“Our box office success has irritated many in the film industry.” “We have a feeling that a segment of the entertainment industry has banded together to punish us for our success,” Sudipto claims.
When Subhash approached a big OTT platform to inquire why a film as successful as The Kerala Story had yet to receive a digital release, the response was predictable.
“We don’t want to get into anything politically controversial.”
Reviews of The Kerala Story
The Kerala Story is a brilliant enactment of the situation that has befallen the south Indian state better known as gods own country.
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The storytelling and the drama are spot on, the production by Vipul Amrutlal Shah was grade – 1, the cinematography is top-notch, music and other technical departments are also well done.