As we come to the end of the year 2017, the film media are busy examining the overall performances, including the successes and failures, of the 129 films Malayalam films released and played in Kerala. The total number of Malayalam films that had hit the theatres is 132 out if which 129 of them, produced and released in Kerala, are being scrutinised.
The magic number, 50-crore club, is something which has become familiar among the Malayalam films only recently. There were some Malayalam films which surged into this club this year is a fascinating fact! This shows the tremendous growth of the Malayalam Film Industry. This article is to closely study the Malayalam films released in 2017, which gained a good audience support and a gross collection of over 50 crores from the theatres itself.
One of the popular Malayalam film that gained entry into the prestigious 50-crore club is the Mammootty thriller film, ‘The Great Father’. Mammootty shines as the builder, David Nainan in the film, which is directed by Haneef Adeni. This film which hit the theatres on March 30, 2017, has an overall collection of above 50 crores as per some authentic box office survey sites.
The Mohanlal film, ‘Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol,’ released on January 20, 2017, is yet another film to have entered the 50-crore club in 2017. Box Office news claim this family entertainer by Jibu Jacob to have collected a gross of 52 crore rupees.
With a gross collection of 56 crores, Prithviraj’s ‘Ezra’ is another film to have entered the 50-crore club in 2017. In the film which is directed by Jayakrishnan, the character portrayed by Prithviraj is one of the most diverse roles that Privithviraj has handled in his career. ‘Ezra’ was released on February 10, 2017.
The ‘Pulimurugan’ fame director, Tomichan Mulakupaadam’s Dileep film, ‘Ramleela,’ is another film that has entered the 50-crore club in 2017. The film is directed by the newcomer director, Arun Gopy. Following the arrest of Dileep in the actress attack case, the release of the film became uncertain. However, after a long period of controversies and backfires, the film was finally released on September 28, 2017. It has been estimated that this film has collected a gross of over 60 crores so far.
Thus, these are the four Malayalam films that have entered the 50-crore club in 2017 as per the statistics so far. However, this number can rise up further because new films like Mammootty’s ‘Masterpiece’ and Jayasurya’s ‘Aadu 2’, released on the Christmas and New Year season, are running in theatres very successfully. The overall picture of the box office score as well as the overall collection of these films can be attained only by the end of the month of January.
‘Jomonte Suvisheshangal, the film of the duo Dulquer-Sathyan Anthikad, with a gross collection of 40 crores, definitely deserves to be mentioned here.
Out of the four Malayalam films that entered the 50-crore club in 2017, namely, The Great Father, Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, Ezra, and Ramleela, which one has impressed you the most?
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