Finally, we have said a good bye to the Christmas season of 2016. As far as the Malayalam film industry and its audiences are concerned, it was rather a disappointing season indeed.
No Malayalam films made it to the theatres in the last weekend and it did seemingly leave all the Malayalam film audiences disappointed. Well, it is for the first time in many years that the industry isn't having a Christmas release.
Read about this, and other major Mollywood news of the week.
A Dull Christmas For Malayalam Film Industry
Well, it was rather a dull Christmas for the Malayalam film industry, with no Malayalam films hitting the theatres. The meeting between Producers Association and Exhibitors Federation didn't bring out any positive result and the strike still holds on. Jomonte Suvisheshangal, Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, Fukri, Ezra etc., were the movies expected to hit the theatres during this Christmas.
Oppam Remake To Feature Ajay Devgn In The Lead
Speculations were rife regarding the Bollywood remake of Mohanlal starrer Oppam. Now, here is an interesting update on the same. Priyadarshan will be directing the Bollywood version of the movie and Ajay Devgn would reprise the role done by Mohanlal in the original.
Pulimurugan's Rare Achievement
Pulimurugan, which recently completed 75 days in Kerala theatres, has now made a new record. The film has reportedly found a place in the Top 10 highest grossing Indian movies of 2016. The film still holds on to 90 centres in Kerala, even after 75 days, making it the first Malayalam film to do so.
Careful Is V K Prakash's Next
V K Prakash is all set with his next directorial venture. The director will helm a movie titled as Carfeul and the film would have its script written by Rajesh Jayaraman. Carfeul will feature Vijay Babu, Aju Varghese, Vineeth Kumar, Saiju Kurup etc., in important roles and the movie will also mark the comeback of actress Jomol.
Actor Jagganatha Varma Passes Away
Veteran actor Jagannatha Varma, breathed his last on December 20, 2016. He had made a mark in the film industry as a supporting actor and has acted in more than 400 Malayalam films, in a career spanning over 35 years.
Nivin Pauly And Johnpaul George To Team Up
Johnpaul George, who impressed one and all with his debut directorial venture Guppy is all set to team up with Nivin Pauly. Reportedly, the film will be produced by renowned cinematographer Sameer Thahir.
Release Date Of Dileep's Georgettan's Pooram
Dileep's much awaited movie, Georgettan's Pooram, has now got a release date. According to the latest reports, the makers of the movie have zeroed in January 25, 2017 as the release date of the movie.
Meanwhile, the Malayalam film audiences had to be satisfied with the earlier releases like Mohanlal starrer Pulimurugan, Nadirshah's Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan, Dhyan Sreenivasan's Ore Mugham etc.
Interestingly, Pulimurugan and Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan continued their good run in the Christmas season, with families pouring in for the movie.
Among the other language releases, Aamir Khan's Dangal did hit the theatres in the last weekend. The movie has opened to extremely positive reviews and is doing great business at the Kerala box office, especially in city centres like Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram, Calicut etc. Apart from Dangal, Vishal's Kaththi Sandai also made it to the theatres.