Mohanlal vs Prithviraj in UAE Box Office
2017 has kick-started great for Malayalam film industry with most of the major releases minting big bucks at the box office. Mohanlal’s Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, Dulquer Salmaan’s Jomonte Suvisheshangal and Prithviraj’s Ezra are having a great run in thetares across the State.
After competing in the Kerala box office, Prithviraj’s Ezra and Mohanlal’s Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol (MVT) will now go face to face in the UAE theatres. Both the movies were initially planned to release for the Christmas season last year but unfortunately had to be pushed due to the uninvited theatre strike.
Both these movies belong to different genres, while the Mohanlal starrer is a family entertainer, Ezra is an one of its kind horror thriller in Malayalam.
MVT directed by Vellimoonga fame Jibu Jacob was released on January 20. The movie recently crossed the 30 crore mark with it’s 21 days theatrical run. Written by M Sindhuraj, the movie centres around a middle aged couple who rediscover their lost love from the boredom of their routine life. The movie stars Mohanlal and Meena in the lead roles. The movie is produced by Sophia Paul’s Weekend Blockbusters.
Ezra directed by debutant Jay K has taken a massive opening in Kerala. It registered the highest opening day collections for a Prithviraj starrer and in all probability end up as the actor’s biggest ever blockbuster. The movie was released outside Kerala in a record 154 screens, the biggest ever for a Malayalam movie. A novel attempt in Malayalam cinema, the movie is an authentic horror thriller set in the Jewish backdrop. Ezra is regarded as technically one of the finest movies ever released in Mollywood.
The movie marked the Malayalam debut of South Indian actress Priya Anand. Tovino Thomas, Sudev Nair, Bharat Dabholkar, Ann Sheetal, Sujith Shankar, Vijayaraghavan and Babu Antony have played supporting characters. Mukesh R. Mehta, C. V. Sarathy and A. V. Anoop have jointly produced the movie under the banners of E4 Entertainment and AVA Productions.