11 years ago, the very same date, witnessed the arrival of an entertainer, which later went on to become a milestone in the history of Malayalam cinema. Yes, we are talking about Rajamanikyam, the Mammootty starrer which redefined mass entertainers.
It was on November 3, 2005, that the film hit the theatres. Rajamanikyam was one of the Ramzan releases of the year 2005. The film which released along with Prithviraj starrer Ananthabhadram, emerged as the clear winner.
Usually, such mass entertainers, which has turned out to be hits, come and go without giving any major contributions to Malayalam cinema. But, Rajamanikyam was different. Here, we list the 5 most important contributions of the film towards the Malayalam film industry..
The film paved way for the entry of a talented film-maker who turned out to be one of the finest young craftsmen of the industry. With Rajamanikyam, Anwar Rasheed, proved that he has that knack to make a perfect mass entertainer and mega success of the film established him as one of the promising directors of the industry. Having laid the right platform, he later provided the industry some classics like Usthad Hotel, Bridge etc.
Mammootty Can Handle Comedy Effectively
Rajamanikyam was a big breakthrough in the career of Mammootty. Before the film's release, the critics were reluctant to appreciate Mammootty's ability in handling comedy, despite the actor having portrayed many such roles effectively in the past. With Rajamanikyam turning out to be a mega success, each and every section of the audience understood that Mammootty is so comfortable with comedy.
Well, Rajamanikyam has to be credited for making the Trivandrum slang so popular in Malayalam films. And all credits to Mammootty, for effectively using the slang and entertaining one and all.
Rejuvenation For Mass Entertainers
Rajamanikyam was one such movie which had all ingredients of a mass entertainer, intact. The film had action, comedy, sentiments, punch dialogues etc., mixed in the right proportions. The film's massive success provided a better status to such entertainers in the industry..
Mollywood's New Industry Hit
Rajamanikyam turned out to be a big success at the box office. The film, kept the cash registers ringing and grossed more than 20 Crores from the Kerala box office. The movie turned out to be an industry hit.
Rajamanikyam narrated the story of Bellari Raja (Mammootty), who is a businessman hailing from a place near the Kerala-Karnataka border. The film had an ensemble star cast comprising of actors like Rahman, Manoj K Jayan, Saikumar, Padmapriya, Maniyanpilla Raju, Ranjith, Salimkumar, Sindhu Menon etc., in important roles.
The film did set some big box office records back then. According to certain reports, the film is one of the first Malayalam movies to cross the 1-Crore mark from a single centre alone. The movie achieved this feat in Ernakulam.