It has been close to 17 years since the inception of Aashirvad Cinemas, the renowned production banner of Mollywood. The banner has produced a good number of movies and all of them were Mohanlal starrers.
In fact, most of the record-breaking movies of Mohanlal, post 2000 were produced by Aashirvad Cinemas (with the exception of Pulimurugan, which was produced by Tomichan Mulakupaadom).
The banner headed by Antony Perumbavoor has produce 22 movies, so far (some of them in which they were associate producers) and majority of them have turned out to be profitable ventures.
On this note, we take you through some of the record-breaking Mohanlal movies, which were produced by Aashirvad Cinemas.
Drishyam, the name of the movie says it all. The impact the film made at its time is incomparable. The film introduced the 50-Crore club to the Malayalam film industry and showed us that quality movies can create wonders at the box office. It remained as the biggest hit in the history of Malayalam cinema, till the release of Pulimurugan.
Oppam came in at a time when Mohanlal was in need of a big hit. After a slow start, the film raced ahead at the box office. The movie had a phenomenal run and went on set the record for the fastest entrant to 20-Crore, 30-Crore club respectively, at its time of release.
Aashirvad Cinemas brought back the evergreen combo of Sathyan Anthikkad and Mohanlal. It was after a break of 12 years, that the director and actor joined hands for a movie. The film was loved by the family audience and the movie emerged as a big hit, grossing above 20 Crores.
It was with this film that this coveted banner entered the industry. The movie was a record breaking hit at the box office and turned out to be an all-time blockbuster. In fact, the film went on to gross above 20 Crores, which was definitely a herculean task, back then.
Ravanaprabhu, the sequel to the much acclaimed movie Devasuram, was the second production venture of Aashirvad Cinemas. The film, stayed closed to its genre and emerged as a big hit at the box office. Even though the film couldn't break the box office records of Narasimham, the film went on to emerge as the biggest hit of the year 2001.
Apart from the above mentioned Malayalam movies, the banner also produced Mohanlal movies like Naran, Spirit etc., that also emerged as grand successes at the box office. Aashirvad Cinemas also funded the critically acclaimed movie Paradesi, which won numerous awards.
Well, Aashirvad Cinemas is all set to get to another level with some of the upcoming big projects with Mohanlal in the lead role. The banner will also produce it first non-Mohanlal starrer with Pranav Mohanlal's debut venture.