The year 2015 ends with no films of Mammootty and Mohanlal releasing during the Christmas season. With many ups and downs, the year was comparatively better for megastar Mammootty as most of his films could make a mark at the Kerala box office.
While five of Mammootty films were released this year, Mohanlal had four major releases and appeared in a cameo role in one film.
2015 for Mammootty
Mammootty's first release of the year was Deepu Karunakaran's "Fireman", which hit screens in February. The film opened to positive responses for being the first fire force based movie in Malayalam. Mammootty was well appreciated for his role as fireman Vijay. The film also has Nyla Usha, Unni Mukundan, and Siddique in main roles.
Mammootty-Nayantara starrer "Bhaskar the Rascal" was the megastar's second release of the year. The film based on two single parents and their kids opened to good responses and collected almost Rs 16 crore from the worldwide box office. The Siddique directorial also has J. D. Chakravarthy, Sanoop Santhosh, Baby Anikha, Janardhanan, Kalabhavan Shajon, Harisree Ashokan and Saju Navodaya in pivotal roles.
Mammootty's "Acha Din", directed by G Marthandan and Kamal directorial satirical comedy entertainer "Utopiayile Rajavu" failed to make a mark at the Kerala box office after opening to average responses.
The two back-to-back not so successful films were balanced after the megastar's "Pathemari" got released in October. The Salim Ahamed directorial helped the actor regain the top spot at the box office. The film portrays the real life stories of people, especially Keralites, working in the Middle East and has Sreenivasan, Jewel Mary, Siddique in significant roles.
2015 for Mohanlal
After his cameo appearance in director Rajeev Nath's film "Rasam", Mohanlal's "Ennum Eppozhum", directed by Sathyan Anthikkad was released in March. The film opened to mixed reviews from critics, but was a commercially successful movie. Audience had high expectations from the film as it marked the comeback of Mohanlal and Manju Warrier after a gap of 17 years since "Kanmadam" and "Summer in Bethlehem" in 1998.
After the hit movie "Run Baby Run", Mohanlal and Amala Paul joined hands for Joshiy's "Lailaa O Lailaa", released in May. However, the film failed to make a mark at the box office despite being promoted well prior to its release. The film also has Sathyaraj, Joy Mathew, Sreerag Nambiar, Rahul Dev and Kainaat Arora in pivotal roles.
The Ranjith directorial "Loham" was one of the most awaited films of the superstar in 2015. While the thriller film received mixed reactions from critics for its poor screenplay, Mohanlal's performance in it was praised. Made on a budget of Rs 7 crore, "Loham" grossed almost Rs 15 crore after it was released in August. The film also has Andrea Jeremiah, Siddique and Ajmal Ameer in main roles.
Despite having a huge hype, M Padmakumar's "Kanal" starring Mohanlal and Anoop Menon in the lead roles, opened to mixed response from the critics for its not-so-great screenplay. The film also has Atul Kulkarni, Pratap Pothan, Honey Rose Sheelu Abraham and Nikita Thukral in significant roles.