Dulquer Salmaan-starrer "Charlie" has become the highest grosser among Christmas releases at the Kerala box office, and has been getting tremendous response from movie-goers and critics alike. Due to the positive reviews, the Malayali audience settled in the Middle-East countries have been eagerly waiting to watch the Martin Prakkat directorial on the big screen.
"Charlie" gets a record release in the UAE-GCC area, in more than 80 screens on Thursday, 7 January. The film has been released in 60 screens in the UAE alone, with 283 regular shows and 24 extra shows on the opening day in the Middle Eastern country. It has beaten the records of other recent Malayalam releases, and is said to be the second-biggest South Indian release after SS Rajamouli's magnum opus "Baahubali".
Mammootty-Salim Ahamed's Malayalam movie "Pathemari" had released in more than 40 screens across 38 theatres with more than 170 daily shows in the UAE on 19 November.
Meanwhile, with the pre-release hype, "Charlie" did a tremendous business on its opening day at the Kerala box office, with the first-day collection amounting to Rs 2.15 crore. The movie is said to have grossed Rs 12.81crore within 11 days of its release in India. The Dulquer-Parvathy-starrer has also been getting good response from Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the US, and is expected to do good business in the UAE-GCC as well.
"Charlie" narrates the story of mysterious young man named Charlie, played by Dulquer, who catches the fancy of crazy girl Tessa, played by Parvathy. Charlie leads a carefree life by leaving a mark on the life of everyone he meets. Even though the movie doesn't have a strong storyline, Dulquer and Parvathy's performance has become one of the major highlights of the film. The positive vibe the audience get after watching "Charlie" makes it worth watching.