First look poster of "Mili"Facebook/ Rajesh Raman Pillai

Amala Paul's most-awaited movie "Mili" is set to release on 23 January, the day three more movies are slated to release.

The director of "Milie" Rajesh Pillai confirmed the release date. 

The women-centric film, which stars Amala Paul and Nivin Pauly in the lead, is one of the most talked-about films of the year. It is touted as a motivational film with commercial elements. Amala Paul reprises Mili, said to be a challenging role. 

Sans glamour, she plays an introvert who is down in the dumps but manages to rise above many challenges and take back the reins of her life.

Nivin plays the character of Naveen, who is a soft-skills trainer and a big influence in Mili's life. 

"Mili" also has a good star cast of Sija Rose, Shamna Khasim, Devi Ajith, Ambika, Praveena, Sai Kumar, Sanusha, Edavela Babu, Anju ARavind, and Soumya Sadanandan.

The music of the movie, composed by Gopi Sundar, has already hit the stands and has received good response from audience. The script is penned by Mahesh Narayanan and the movie is produced by Ordinary Films.

"Mili" is now set to clash with three other major releases of the year.

Prithviraj starrer "Pcket 43", Fahadh Faasil starrer "Mariyam Mukku" and Mohanlal – Indrajith starrer "Rasam" are set to release on the same day.

With the multiple releases, industry insiders are now expecting that Malayalam cinema will regain its lost energy. The industry had a dismal 2014 end and began on a dull note in 2015. Things have changed for the good with the release of Tamil film "I" starring Vikram and Amy Jackson, which has brought back audience to theatres.

But the mass release of "I" in more than 200 theatres in Kerala has also stirred a controversy. Reports suggest "I" release is viewed as a kind of invasion by many as it has led to the postponement of many Malayalam movie releases.

Since "I" is still doing good in almost all theatres in the state, various associations of the Malayalam industry are holding several meetings to make sure that the upcoming Malayalam releases this week do not face problems.