Friday, 28 February 2014

'2 States' - Exclusive Stills, Posters & Trailer

'2  States' - Exclusive Stills, Posters, Trailer


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Kerala Paper ADs & Theater Lists of Today's (28/02/14) Releases

Kerala Paper ADs & Theater Lists of Today's (28/02/14) Releases 

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Drishyam sets another record !!

 Breaking/Setting records has been child's play for Jeethu Joseph's Industry Hit Drishyam. The latest one to be set is that of completing 20 K shows. Drishyam is the first Malayalam film to complete 20,000 shows. The film that played the most shows previously was 'Twenty 20' which completed 18K+ shows. 

 Here is a list of records set by DRISHYAM (Credits to whoever compiled the list)

 1 Highest Grossing Malayalam Movie in 2013
2 Highest no of shows and collection in all major outside Kerala centers like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai etc (still counting)
4 Biggest release in UAE (100+shows)
5 Highest Gross for a Malayalam movie outside kerala in a single theatre (Chennai Mayajaal)
6 Fastest to collect 50 lakhs in Thrissur
7 Fastest to enter 1 crore club in a centre (Ernakulam)
8 Fastest to enter 1 crore club in Calicut
9 Highest Paid Satellite Rights (6.5 Crore )
10 Movie to reach 2nd week in UK with House full shows
11 Fastest to cross 10 crore gross
12 1st Malayalam movie to play 2nd week in Gujarat
13 Highest no. of Housefull shows in Thrissur Center
 14 Highest Grossing Malayalam Movie in UK
15 Highest number of shows in Mumbai and New Delhi reaching 3rd
16 Only Malayalam movie to collect 1 crore from Multiplex alone (in a center)
17 First Malayalam Movie to collect 2 crores in a center (From EKM in 25 days)
18 Continuous four Houseful days in Canada
19 Fastest to cross 15 crore gross
20 The first Malayalam film to enter third week in both multiplexes in Mangalore
21 First Malayalam Movie to complete one month in Coimbatore SPI cinems
22 Highest Grossing Movie in Kottayam Center
23 Highest Collected Movie in GCC
24 Highest Grossing Movie in UK [1 crore +]
25 Record Collection in Attingal Center
26 Record Remake Rights to Hindi,Tamil,Telugu and Kannada has sold for 1.5 Crores
27 Record run and collection in Bahrain
30 Most No of Housefull Shows in Payyanur Center
31 Third Fastest Movie to cross 10000 Shows
32 Highest grosser in the history of Calicut
33 Drishyam entered 4th week in 5 screens in DELHI creating an All time record here
34 Biggest Release in Australia for a Malayalam Movie
35 Record Share in Kannur Center
36 Record Share in Chenganassery Center
37 1st Malayalam Movie to cross 5th week with 300+ shows/day
39 Record Share in Pala Center
40 Record Share in Kodungalloor Center
41  Record share in Anchal Center
44 Movie made the highest profit for a movie in Mollywood History
46 Widest Release in USA for a Malayalam Movie
47 Became the Highest Grossing Malayalam Movie breaking the record of 20-20 ( in just 31 days)
48 First Mollywood to cross 30 Crores Mark in Kerala alone
49 First Mollywood movie to make 50cr business from all avenues
50 First Mollywood movie to cross 1 cr gross in 7 centers!
51 First movie to cross 2 cr at Calicut!
52 First movie to collect over 3.5 crs at Ernakulam!
53 First Molywood movie to complete 50 days in 76 theaters and 71 centers!
54 Fastest Mollywood movie to cross 11k,12k,13k,14k,15k,17k, 20k shows
55 First Solo male lead star Mollywood movie to cross 16k shows
56 Broken all existing records in almost all centers in kerala.
57 First Mollywood movie to cross 1500 shows in UAE
58 First Mollywood movie to collect 1 crore each in USA and UK
59 Most no of shows for a Malayalam Movie in Hyderabad,Mumbai and Chennai
60 most no.of show per day in 2nd,3rd,4th,5th,6th,7th ,8th week
61 First Mollywood Movie to have 300+ shows/day in 5 weeks...
62 In Bahrain, First Mollywod Movie with highest no of shows,HF Shows,
Highest Gross and Share.First South
Indian Movie to play in 3 theatres at
a time
63. First Malayalam movie to cross 20,000 shows from Kerala alone

 Magazine scan of the list of records [Credits to Vellinakshathram]

'2 States' copies 'Raja Rani' ?

'2 States' copies 'Raja Rani' ?

Looks like the promotional stunt the team behind Tamil films 'Raja Rani' used are being copied by the team behind Bollywood movie '2 States'.  Alia bhatt tweeted that she is getting engaged with a picture of an invitation. The full sized image only revealed that it was the inivitation for the promo launch of '2 states'.  Raja Rani team just before reelasing their first look teaser similary pulled something off. Sites reported the news of Aarya & Nayantha (who played the lead roles in the film) getting married. The stunt was an immensely succesful one as many people without reading the articles sompletely started sending messages, tweets, posts etc.

Usually regional films adapts promotional ideas from Bolywood, but this time its just the opposite. Team Raja Rani can be proud, once again.

'2 States' is the cinematic adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's popular novel of the same name, *ing Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Mohanlal's 'Mr.Fraud' commenced filming by setting multiple records !!

 Mr.Fraud will be Mohanlal's next (big summer) release after the mighty blockbuster 'Drishyam'. B Unnikrishnan - Mohanlal team that gave you super hits like Madambi, Grandmaster reunites in this project.
Only few days into filming, Mr.Fraud is already creating waves. The audio rights of the film has been sold to a record sum according to the director.

Mr. Fraud's shoot in full swing. We are going to shoot the first song tomorrow. Very happy to say that Techzone , after listening to the album, has obtained Fraud's audio right for a whopping price: perhaps the biggest price an album fetched in last five years. Gopi, Hari Narayanan, Sankar Mahadevan, Sudeep and Sithara...guys, you rock!

There are also rumors that Sony Music will be entering Mollywood via Mr.Fraud.

The makers also released the teaser, featuring Mohanlal, on the very second day he joined the sets, perhaps a first time in Indian (or may be world) cinema. The teaser has been receiving rocking response from all over, which has been viewed over 85,000 times in a single day, a record for Malayalam films. The view count has gone above 1 lakh views by now. The teaser was also trending in YouTube.

The film is currently red hot in the trade due to Drishyam factor and UKB-Lal combo. So all the rights are expected to be sold at record or close to record prizes. Film will be completed in one schedule and is expected to release on May 1st/8th.

Mr.Fraud is a heist film written and directed by B Unnikrishnan. It stars Mohanlal, ev Gill (Magadheera Fame), Siddique, Saikumar, Vijayakumar( Veteran Tamil actor), Rahul Madhav, Suresh Krishnna, Vijay Babu, Sreeraman, Devan, Sathaar, ,Biju Pappan, Arjun ( Grand Master fame), Aswin ( Vedivazhipad Fame) Mia, Manjari Phadnis ( Grand Masti, Jane Tu..Ya Jaane Na Fame), Pallavi Chandran (Silence Fame) etc..

Produced by Medimix Anoop & distributed by Aashirvad Cinemas through Maxlab
ev Gill (Magadheera Fame), Siddique, Saikumar, Vijayakumar( Veteran Tamil actor), Rahul Madhav, Suresh Krishnna, Vijay Babu, Sreeraman, Devan, Sathaar, ,Biju Pappan, Arjun ( Grand Master fame), Aswin ( Vedivazhipad Fame) Mia, Manjari Phadnis ( Grand Masti, Jane Tu..Ya Jaane Na Fame), Pallavi Chandran (Silence Fame) - See more at:
The cinematography of the film is handled by Satheesh Kurup (Pranayam, Anwar,etc) music by Gopi Sunder & lyrics by Chittor Gopi & Hari Narayanan. Manoj will do the editing while Joseph Nellickal is the production designer. Stunt Silva (Mankatha, Jilla, Veeram) will do the action choreography and Dance Choreography will be by Shobi.
The cinematography of the film is handled by Satheesh Kurup (Pranayam, Anwar,etc) while the music is done by Gopi Sundar under the lyrics of Chittor Gopi & Hari Narayanan. Manoj handles the editing while Joseph Nellickal is the production designer of the film. The Stunt Choreography is done by Stunt Silva (Mankatha,Jilla) and the Dance Choreography is by Shobi. - See more at:

The cinematography of the film is handled by Satheesh Kurup (Pranayam, Anwar,etc) while the music is done by Gopi Sundar under the lyrics of Chittor Gopi & Hari Narayanan. Manoj handles the editing while Joseph Nellickal is the production designer of the film. The Stunt Choreography is done by Stunt Silva (Mankatha,Jilla) and the Dance Choreography is by Shobi. - See more at:

First Look Teaser 

Monday, 24 February 2014

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana & 1983 - Box Office Update

The hit parade continues in Mollywood and after a disappointing start we got 2 hits in 2 weeks, both starring Nivin Pauly. '1983' which released on Jan 31st and OSO on Feb 7th have turned profitable for makers (or will pretty soon) from theatrical alone. The good trend that Drishaym and OIPK started is continuing through these films.

OSO has grossed about 6.50 crores from All India Box Office, acccording to latest reports, with Kerala contributing with about 5.5-5.75 crores and Rest Of India doing 75 lakhs plus. The film had an outstanding run outside Kerala, and is still running. The new found interest towards Malayalam film and market, thanks to Drishyam, was capitalized well by the movie as it is one of the biggest grosser ROI considering the names associated with it. Special credits also to Fox Star India, for taking such ventures and giving them a proper release with enough publicity [OSO got one of the biggest release outside Kerala] - Super Hit

'1983' even though moderately promoted had worked magic thanks to the super positive Word of Mouth. The film has grossed more than 5.5 crores so far - HIT

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Happy Journey - Malayalam Movie Review

Happy Journey - Malayalam Movie Review


Directed by     Boban Samuel
Produced by     Ashiq Usman
Written by     Arunlal
Music by     Gopi Sunder
Cinematography     Mahesh Raj
Editing by     Lijo Paul
Studio     Milestone Cinemas
Distributed by     Central Pictures
Release dates    February 21, 2014
Country     India
Language     Malayalam


    Jayasurya as Aaron
    Aparna Gopinath as Sia
    Lal as Gopikrishnan
    Lalu Alex
    Balu as Freddy
    Indian Pallassery as Pranchi
    Edavela Babu
    Sunil Sugatha
    Seema G Nair
    Srinda Ashab

'Happy Journey' tells the story of  Aaron who was die hard cricket fanatic from small age & his aim in life was to play in the Indian colors. An accident, when he was a kid, costs him his eye sight, but with the help of his Mother, her tries to get into the Indian cricket team for blinds. But that too receive a set back when his Mother passes away, after which Aaron decides to lock up all his dreams and work in a tea stall. His dreams gets a new lease of life, thanks to a coach who is also yet to achieve in a big way. So will Aaron finally manage to make his dream to reality, forms the rest of the story.

Boban Samuel after blockbuster 'Romans', Jayasurya with 2 back 2 back super hits, beautiful trailer - expectations were quite high on 'Happy Journey'. The trailer indicated a light hearted film with good emotions and a nice message. But the film sadly fails to meet the expectations. 

The first half of the movie is comparatively light hearted and interesting. In the second half the script looses focus and goes to a bit preachy mode. Even though just above 2hours long, it lags considerably, especially in the later half. Those who came to watch  light hearted entertainer will feel dejected. 

The film do convey an important message. IT shows how unfriendly our people & infrastructure are for/towards people with disabilities. The film also explains why such people are called 'differently abled' and not 'handicapped' any more as with conviction, hard work and bit of help from society they can do anything a normal person can do. But like Arun Lal's last attempt 'Thank You' it ends up in half baked script. A good message doesn't ean a good film and after all people are there to get entertained and not schooled.

Jayasurya one again delivers an outstanding perfrormance, once again pushing his boundaries. Lena, Lal, Balu, Srindaa have also done good job. Music and BG were pleasing and apt for the movie. Camera work was okay, editing could have been crisp. Boban Samuel could have conceived the film in a better way, would have looked better on screen.

In all 'Happy Journey' evokes mixed emotions

Rating: 2.75/5

Verdict: Above Average

Last Word: Not that Happy a Journey,  but not bad either

Friday, 21 February 2014

Goli Soda - Tamil Movie Review from Kerala

 Directed by     Vijay Milton
Produced by     Bharath Seeni
Written by     Vijay Milton (Story), Pandiraj (Dialogues)
Music by     S. N. Arunagiri, A. Seelin (BGM)
Cinematography     Vijay Milton
Editing by     Anthony
Studio     Rough Note
Distributed by     Thirrupathi Brothers
Release dates     January 24, 2014
Country     India
Language     Tamil


    Santhosh Kishore as Pulli
    Sree Raam as Settu
    Pandi as Sithappa
    Murugesh as Kuttimani
    Seetha as Vanmathi (ATM)
    Chandhini as Yaamini
    Imman Annachi as Manthiravadhi
    Sujatha Sivakumar as Aachi
    R. K. Vijai Murugan as Mayilu
    Madhusudhan as Naidu
    A. Manoharan

'Goli Soda' tells the story of the life, friendship and adventures of 4 orphan boys. Pulli, Settu, Sithappa & Kuttimani works as lifters in Koyembedu Market (Chennai), which is one of Asia's largest goods market. Aachi, who owns a shop in the market is their only relationship in the world. With the help of Aachi, one day, they open a restaurant to earn propoer living and have some dignity in the society, on the godown given by a local politician/dada. Things soon goes out of control and the kids are pushed into a fight for their lives and livelihood. What happens next forms the rest of the story.

The dialogues are written by Pandiraj, who directed Pasanga (the 4 boys were there in Pasanga as well). So it can be called 'Pasanga 2' even though it deals with serious matters than the former.

GS is one of the refreshing attempts to come from Kollywood in a long time. It is entertaining, emotional and thrilling as well. The film also shows lights into the lives of of such kids that we see in our surroundings in our day to day life.

The first half is filled with humor for most of its parts. The camaraderie has been shown beautifully on screen. Towards interval the film takes a very serious turn. The dark mode continues in to the second half, which is also thrilling, making the audience also feel for the characters. The fight scene with kids was conceived and shot outstandingly, looked cent % real. Even though the climax was kinda unconvincing was suited for a movie like this. Also there are 1/2 'cinematic' sequences in the 2nd half.

The biggest plus about the movie is most definitely the kids who play the lead roles (including the 2 girls). Felt like they were living there roles. Rest of the cast also did a great job. To write dialogues for kids movies is a risky job and Pandiraj has once again come out with flying colors. Vijay Milton's dialogues were also good. Cinematography was great, capturing the raw, rustic market in the 1st half and the 'dark' scenes in the 2nd.
Music was okay, BG was good. Editing was good as well.

In all its a different kind of Kids movie, something which people from all class of life and age group can enjoy.

Rating: 3.5/5

Verdict: Good+

Last Word: Must Watch adult themed movie with Kids as main protagonists

The movie which got released on Jan 24th, 2014 in Tamil Nadu, released in Kerala Today (21/02/2014) only. The film is a super hit in TN, hope it gets the same reception here too.

Aaha Kalyanam, Goli Soda, Alice, Thomson Villa etc - Kerala Paper ADs with Theater Lists