After the 2014 films "Bangalore Days" and "Iyobinte Pustakam", releases in 2015 didn't go well for Malayalam actor Fahadh Faasil. Now, the actor is all set to take on 2016 with the release of back-to-back films "Monsoon Mangoes" and "Maheshinte Prathikaram".

While the actor's "Monsoon Mangoes" is set to hit the theatres on 15 January, locking horns with Prithviraj Sukumaran's "Pavada", the other film, "Maheshinte Prathikaram", will release on 5 February.

"Monsoon Mangoes", shot entirely in the US, is helmed by Abi Varghese, who has directed the popular Malayalam sitcom "Akkara Kazhchakal". "Monsoon Mangoes" also has Iswarya Menon, Vijay Raaz, Vinay Forrt, Tovino Thomas, Sanju Sivaram, Jacob Gregory, Nandu K, Josukutty V, Sajini S and Thampy Antony in pivotal roles.

The movie, touted as a comedy entertainer, tells the story of amateur filmmaker DP Pallickal, played by Fahadh, who claims to be the next Steven Spielberg. Even though he is passionate about filmmaking, he lacks talent in direction and tries to make an epic Malayalam film with an unknown Hindi actor. What happens next forms the crux of "Monsoon Mangoes".

The other film, "Maheshinte Prathikaram", is being produced by Aashiq Abu under the banner OPM Dream Mill Cinemas. The association of Fahadh and Aashiq with the film has already raised expectations of the audience, considering the success of their previous movie "22 Female Kottayam".

Fahadh will be seen as a photographer in "Maheshinte Prathikaram", which is directed by debutant Dileesh Pothan, who is better known for his acting as a film director in the 2012 movie "Salt n' Pepper". Fahadh's character owns a small studio in Idukki and works majorly as a wedding photographer of his village. An unexpected incident he comes across during one of his photography works forms the gust of the movie that focuses on the concept of love and revenge.