The Kerala Story directed by Sudipto Sen gained attention for its bold content and true story of the conversion of Kerala women to Islam and forcing them to join ISIS.
Despite controversy and criticism, the film performed well at the box office without popular faces or an expensive marketing strategy.
The screening of the film was stopped in Tamil Nadu and banned in West Bengal due to its controversial subject.
The film was declared tax-free in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
The Kerala Story collected around Rs 45 crore in its first four days, trumping The Kashmir Files, which collected Rs 42.20 crore in its first four days.
The film is expected to end its opening around Rs 70-80 crore.
Actress Yogita Bihani, who played a key role in the film, emphasized the importance of stories that talk about women's safety and equality.
Bihani's character in the film, Nimah, is a strong-headed girl who can think for herself and stands up against those who misuse religion for personal agendas.
The actress connected with the character's effortless empathy and strength in dark times.
The Kerala Story's success at the box office shows the audience's interest in bold and true stories.