After opening to a positive response from the audience, director Midhun Manuel Thomas' family entertainer, Ann Maria Kalippilaanu, is all set to enthral the Telugu audience as it is being dubbed into the language as Pilla Rakshasi. The makers have also unveiled the first-look title poster of the movie, featuring Sarah Arjun, Sunny Wayn and Aju Varghese.
The Telugu version, Pilla Rakshasi, is being presented by Chadalavada Brothers who had bankrolled the movie Bichagadu and has been scheduled to hit the screens as a Diwali release in October. The movie also stars Shine Tom Chacko, Saiju Kurup, Siddique, Leona Lishoy and John Kaippallil in significant roles. Young star Dulquer Salmaan also appears in a cameo role in the film, that is being produced by Alice George under the banner of Goodwill Entertainments.
Apart from garnering good audience reviews, Midhun's second directorial venture after Aadu Oru Bheekarajeeviyanu, had also performed well at the Kerala box office. The movie, which was released on August 5 locking horns with Mohanlal's Vismayam and Tovino Thomas' Guppy, made a collection of approximately Rs 1.21 crore on the opening day itself in Kerala. According to trade analysts, Ann Maria Kalippilaanu, which stars Sarah of Deiva Thirumagal fame in the title role, is said to have crossed Rs 1 crore mark within three days of its release in the state.
Malayalam actor-director Roopesh Peethambaran, who had recently come forward criticising the producer of his movie, Theevram, for remaking the thriller in the worst way possible, has now wished luck to the team of Ann Maria Kalippilaanu. "I am sure that this remake movie would be better than the Tamil version of Theevram. All the best 'Pilla Rakshasi' aka 'Ann Maria...' team for your Telugu venture!! Extremely happy to see when a Malayalam movie is professionally handled and marketed in other languages, before it hits on the screen!! God bless [sic]," Roopesh posted on his Facebook page.