We have heard much about the idiom 'To Rise Like A Phoenix', which is used to describe amazing comebacks. Here, the topic of discussion would be the same, about comebacks in films.
Malayalam cinema has witnessed some spectacular comebacks of actors after being down and out for some time. Take a look at some of the greatest comebacks made by Malayalam actors.
Mammootty - New Delhi
It was a time when Mammooty films were failing miserably at the box-office. He was written off by film critics. But, the actor came back strongly through the film New Delhi(1987) directed by Joshiy. The film became a big hit and Mammootty was back to his best. Rest is history!!
Suresh Gopi - Bharathchandran IPS
There was a time when Suresh Gopi had said 'no' to action roles. In those days, his films bombed at the box-office and market value declined. It was at that time that Renji Panikker came up with the sequel to Commissioner. Bhrathachandran IPS, which released in the year 2005 was the big comeback vehicle of actor Suresh Gopi
Jayaram – Veruthe Oru Bharya
After a series of flops, Jayaram had faced one of the biggest lows of his career. His films were not drawing crowds to theatres. It was then that Akku Akbar came up with Veruthe Oru Bharya(2008), a family entertainer which was tailor made for the actor in Jayaram. The film went on to be a big success and marked the powerful comeback of the actor.
Kunchacko Boban – Gulumal, Elsamma Enna Aankutty, Traffic
Kunchacko Boban did take a brief sabbatical from films. He was unable to shed his chocolate hero image back then which did affect his film career upto some extent. In 2009, he reappeared through the film Gulumal, which had the actor sporting a different look. With Elsamma Enna Aankutty(2010), he got that much needed image makeover. From then onwards, he didn't have to look back.
Fahadh Faasil – Kerala Cafe, Chaapa Kurishu
Nobody would have thought that the guy who acted in Kaiyethum Doorathu would go on to become one of the finest young actors of the industry. He made a comeback thorugh the anthology film Kerala Cafe(2009), but it was the film Chaapa Kurishu(2011), which made him a bankable lead star. Then followed films like 22 Female Kottayam, Diamond Necklace etc which further elevated his stardom.
It is not that easy to survive in film industry, especially for actors. The competition is severe and an actor's career prospects may vary from Friday to Friday.
Even the slightest of a mistake can put an actor's career in jeopardy. Right from their looks to selection of scripts, the actors have to take utmost care about everything.
Most of the Malayalam actors have gone through ups and downs in their career. Be it Mohanlal or Mammotty, all actors have faced certain lows in their career.
When certain actors chose to give up, there were some other actors who made smashing comebacks by intelligent selection of films and proper planning.
Actors like Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Jayaram etc have had certain phases in their film career when they were written off. Being fighters and skilled actors, we saw them coming back with double the strength.