The horror comedy entertainer "Pretham" is all set to become the highest solo grosser of versatile actor Jayasurya as the Ranjith Sankar-directed film is garnering tremendous response from the audience. The movie, which came out on Aug. 12, has now surpassed the lifetime collection record of the duo's "Punyalan Agarbathis" within 10 days of its release.
Ranjith announced the news via his social media pages. "#pretham surpasses our biggest hit (punyalan agarbathis) lifetime collections today (10th day). Looks something very very big in the making! ! [sic]," he posted. The comedy entertainer, released in 2013, had earned a total gross amount of more than Rs. 7 crore. According to trade analysts, the 10-day collection of "Pretham" is approximately Rs. 7.31 crore. With "Pretham" earning more than "Punyalan Agarbathis," the movie is sure to become the biggest release of Jayasurya till date.
Meanwhile, "Pretham," which also stars Aju Varghese, Sharafudheen and Govind Padmasoorya in lead roles, has done a business of Rs. 71.99 lakh from multiplexes in Kochi alone during its 10 days of successful run. The movie is expected to cross the Rs. 1 crore milestone by the coming weekend. The entertainer, which is being distributed outside Kerala by Fox Star Studios, is said to have earned a gross collection of Rs. 65 lakh within a week from rest of India. The all-India collection of the movie is said to be Rs. 8.10 crore within 10 days of its release.
The film, visualised in the backdrop of a sea-side resort, narrates the paranormal activities that happen in the property bought by Denny Kokkan, Priyalal and Shibu kuttan. How Jayasurya's character John Don Bosco, a mentalist by profession, digs deep into the truth behind the unnatural occurrences in the property, forms the gist of "Pretham." The movie has been bankrolled by Ranjith and Jayasurya. It is their third production venture under the banner, Dreams N Beyond, after the hit movies, "Punyalan Agarbathis" and "Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam."