After three back-to-back blockbusters, young superstar Prithviraj Sukumaran is all set to enthral the Kerala audience with his movie "Paavada". The upcoming comedy entertainer is scheduled to hit screens on 15 January as a Makar Sankranti treat for the fans.
"Paavada", directed by G Marthandan is being produced by actor Maniyanpilla Raju under his home production banner. The film also has Anoop Menon, Maniyanpilla Raju and Miya George in main roles along with Renji Panicker, Siddique, Kalabhavon Shajon, Nedumudi Venu, Murali Gopy, Asha Sarath, Chemban Jose in significant roles.
Meanwhile, "Paavada" will lock horns with Fahadh Faasil's comedy movie "Monsoon Mangoes" at the Kerala box office. "Monsoon Mangoes", which has completely been shot in the US, is the directorial debut of Abi Varghese of Malayalam sitcom "Akkara Kazhchakal" fame. The movie 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.
Will "Paavada" help Prithviraj to regain the top spot at the Kerala box office?
For Prithviraj, 2015 was the best year of his acting career as three of his movies did tremendous box office business in India and abroad. Director RS Vimal's debut movie "Ennu Ninte Moideen" was the first solo blockbuster of the young actor in his acting career spanning 13 years. The movie has become one of the top Malayalam grossers of the year followed by the comedy entertainer "Amar Akbar Anthony", which was the debut directorial venture of mimicry artist Nadirshah. Prithviraj's November release "Anarkali" also received positive reviews, making him the ruler of Kerala box office with hat-trick hits.
"Paavada" has already raised the expectations of the audience with its teasers, in which the actor is seen portraying the role of a drunkard named Paambu Joy, reminding us of his avatar in 2010 film "Thanthonni".
Also, the films produced by Maniyanpilla Raju, including "Chotta Mumbai", "Anandabhadram", "Kannezuthi Pottum Thottu", "Aye Auto" and "Vellanakalude Naadu", have made good business in Kerala. Therefore, trade experts predict that the upcoming comedy movie might also roar the Kerala box office, with a good opening day collection owing to its pre-release hype. However, director Marthandan's previous movies "Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus" and "Acha Dhinn" starring megastar Mammootty couldn't make a mark at the box office.
Meanwhile, 2015 was a dull year for Fahadh, as most of his movies couldn't make a mark at the box office. Therefore, with "Monsoon Mangoes", he is expected to make a comeback as a bankable actor of the industry. Expectations are sky high for the upcoming movie as director Abi's "Akkara Kazchakal" is still one of the most popular comedy sitcoms.
Only time will tell if "Paavada" and "Monsoon Mangoes" will make good business. Stay tuned to IBTimes India for the review of the movies.