MUMBAI: Eros International’s latest release Provoked has crossed the Fox Searchlight distributed Namesake’s weekend box office takings in the UK.
According to Eros, Provoked grossed Ã‚Â£140,204 with 35 prints as against Ã‚Â£125,084 for Namesake, which was distributed with 59 prints in its opening weekend, thus giving a nearly double screen average of 4005 as against 2120 for Namesake.
Eros also says that Provoked has received a good reception in the UK and India from film critics and audiences.
Provoked is the true life depiction of Kiranjit Ahluwalia (played by Aishwarya Rai), the Asian woman who overturned the British judicial system and transformed the meaning of “provocation” in the case of physically abused women, winning justice for women subjected to domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse. The film, based on Ahluwalia’s autobiography Circle of Light by Rahila Gupta, follows her lonely struggle in an abusive 10-year marriage, her retaliation through the murder of her violent husband and the efforts of women activists Southall Black Sisters to bring her justice.