Kunjananthante Kada Malayalam Movie Review and BoxOffice Collection Report

              Kunjananthante Kada is a union of several technicians who have proved to be the best in their respective fields. Kunjananthante Kada is the second film of director Salim Ahmed whose first film Aadaminte Makan Abu won the National Award for Best Feature Film. The cinematography is done by National Award winner Madhu Ambat. The songs are composed by M Jayachandran and the background music is done by National Award winner Isaac Thomas. Academy Award winner Resul Pookutty is sound mixing for the movie. Moreover, the role of Kunjananthan is done by Mammootty and newcomer Nyla Usha is casted opposite him. The star cast also includes Salim Kumar and Balachandra Menon.

REVIEW :

              Salim Ahmed knows how to utilize an actor thus Salim Kumar reaching unparallel heights. In Kunjananthante Kada, Salim Ahmed has brought out a refreshing character 'Kunjananthan' out of Mammootty. The movie is slow paced  narrating through the life of Kunjananthan and his obsession with his shop. But the director fails point out a strong reason for the Kunjananthan in denying to vacate his shop. Nyla Usha, the debutant actress has made an impressive attempt as the wife of Kunjananthan. The supporting cast has also done their part very well without much flaws. 

BOX OFFICE :

             It is unclear if movies like Kunjananthante Kada will be well received at the box office. The initial reports about the movie are positive. The movie has got released in around 60 plus theaters.
                Kunjananthante Kada takes an average opening with 3 days collection of around 80 lakhs. As first week gets over, the collection has reached 1.80 crores. The movie will get washed out within two weeks as Mammootty's itself 'Daivathinte swantham cleetus' will be there among the onam releases.
               Kunjanathante Kada has made a total gross of almost 2.30 Crores from the cinemas.

Memories Malayalam Movie Review and Box Office Collection Report

        Prithviraj is at his best in his career graph with his last three movies simultaneously lauded by the critics and fairing well at the box office. Jeethu joseph who debuted with the investigative thriller 'Detective' is back to the genre with Memories. Prithviraj is playing another police role after suspense thriller 'Mumbai Police'.
         Memories is directed and written by Jeethu Joseph himself and he really deserves a pat for such a wonderful product. The movie tells the story of a drunken cop Sam Alex (played by Prithviraj) who takes on a case under the persuasion of his mother. The movie progresses narrating his past and how Sam Alex cracks the mission. Prithviraj is outstanding as Sam Alex and he has done complete justice to the role. Prithviraj's acting was flawless and with utmost ease he carries the whole film in his shoulders. The director has very well developed the character making it believable. Cinematography by Sujith Vassudev is good. The murdering scene of Sam Alex's wife and daughter is really terrifyingly awesome. Certain doses of animation here and there was appreciable eventhough it wasn't perfect enough. The background score by Anil Jonson and songs by Sejo John were apt for the movie. Also editing by John Kutty was appreciable.
                The suspense element, the climax and the thrilling narration makes this movie a watchable flick for all type of audiences.

BOX OFFICE :

        The movie is receiving highly encouraging word of mouth and much better response considering recent thriller flicks. The movie has got released in 57 theaters across kerala.
          First three days gross of the movie is figured to be around 1.18 crores. Memories has got the best feedbacks among the eid releases and surely the collections are going to pick up. First week ends up with a decent collection of 2.80 crores.
          Memories is being preferred by the family audiences as well. The movie can be classified as a HIT and the collection is estimated to be 4.50 crores in it's two week run. The theatrical show count is around 2.500 so far.
             Three weeks total gross of the movie is 6.20 crores. So far, the total number of theatrical shows has reached 3,800. Memories has become the first choice for those who havn't seen it yet due to it's good WOM.
               Memories is fairing well at the box office despite competition from new releases and the movie may even survive at certain centers during onam season. The movie has completed successful fourth week run with a box office collection of 6.75 crores with a total of 5,000 theatrical show count. The movie is still holding strong in 45 theaters. Eventhough 'Mumbai Police' got terminated too early than the expectations, Memories is running successfully well at the box office more than the expectations.
                The final collection of Memories is estimated to be around 8.60 Crores.
          

Kadal Kadannoru Mathukutty Malayalam Movie Review and Boxoffice Collection Report


REVIEW :

                'Kadal Kadannoru Mathukutty' was a much hyped movie of 2013 because of the Ranjith-Mammootty team who is on a hat-trick hit after Pranchiyettan and the Saint and Bavutyude Namathil. Also the appearences of Malayalam superstars Mohanlal and Dileep in cameo roles has also gotten up many film-goers' expectations.The movie says the story of an unemployed German Malayali, Mathukutty, who is coming to Kerela to invite Malayalam Superstars Mohanlal and Dileep for a cultural show in Germany organized by German Malayalis. The story develops with the various social and political issues he has to face and changes his life.
              The first half of the movie almost hit the expectations giving the hope of the next Super-hit from the team. However the directer fails to recreate the Pranchiyettan magic on the screen once again. The director failed to keep up the momentum of the first half throughout the movie. the second half of the movie is lagging.
              Mohanlal's cameo role in the movie did hit the theatre well which is one of the best sequences. mammootty had nothing new to put onto his role. He did his part exceptionally well. The rest of the actors did justice to their roles, specially Nadumudi Venu. The cinematography by Madhu Neelakandan was also good. The movie failed to realise the expectations of filmgoers. The songs are one of the major drawbacks of the movie making it lagging a bit. The direction and the script of the movie highly disppointed the filmgoers since it came from the ace director Ranjith.
             Too much expectation can make the movie bored. If you go without any expectations the movie is a fair one time watch.

  Positives :                                                                           Negatives :
-1st half                                                                               -boring 2nd half
-Comedy sequences                                                            -Script
-Mohanlal-Dileep entry
-Cinematography

Rating : 2.5/5
Verdict : Average

BOX OFFICE :

                            The movie has bagged 5.75cr before its release through the channel satellite rights. This is a record in Malayalam film industry. The movie which is receiving mixed to negative feedbacks is experiencing a huge setback at the boxoffice due to other promising movies including Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi, Memories and Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum.
                            The movie got released a day before other eid releases in about 78 theaters. The movie has collected 60 lakhs in it's first day itself. The movie is receiving mixed to negative word of mouth which is unbelievable as far as the director Renjith is considered. The movie got reduced to 65 screens from the second day onwards due to multiple releases. Huge dip in the box office collection is being seen and the movie is definitely going to end as a box office flop.
                            The movie has collected around 2.50 crores in it's first week run. So far, Kadal kadannoru mathukutty has highest number of theatrical shows of about 1,800 shows in first week. The box office collection of the movie is pathetic when considering the cast and the hype it had prior it's release. The movie is expected to be washed out from the theaters within three weeks of theatrical run.
                            Kadal Kadannoru Mathukutty has managed to gross a total of 3.50 Crores in it's box office run and ending up as flop due to it's high production cost.
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Movies confirmed to release on Eid 2013

Last one month, In the month of ramzan the box office was dry without any big releases and most of the new releases ended up as disasters. All the big houses where aiming the eid season and every industry has big budget movies releasing this August. Most of the biggest grossers of Indian industry are eid releases. Here are the list of various movies releasing in Bollywood, Tamil and Malayalam cinema industry.

Bollywood Releases :

1) Chennai Express : The movie is scheduled to release worldwide on 9th of August. Apart from India, the movie is set to release in UK, Switzerland, Germany, Morocco, France, Austria and Israel. Shahrukh Khan is featuring in a masala action entertainer after a long gap. Chennai express is ought to be a pakka Rohit Shetty style comedy action caper and 100% entertainment is expected by keen fans. Deepika Padukone who is having a dream run this year is cast opposite Shahrukh Khan.

2) Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobara : Release date of this movie is postponed to Independence day 15th August inorder to avoid a clash with Shahrukh Khan's Chennai Express. Once Upon a time in Mumbai Dobara is a crime thriller starring Akshay Kumar and Imran Khan in the lead roles and Sonakshi sinha as the female lead. It is expected to be another class movie from Akshay Kumar.

Tamil movies :

1) Thalaiva : Vijay starrer Thalaiva is set to release on August 9th. A much awaited flick from director Vijay. Amala Paul is cast opposite Illayathalapathy Vijay in this action drama. Santhanam, sathyaraj, Ragini, Rajeev pillai will appear in supporting roles.

2) Biriyani : The movie is confirmed to be released in the August but the dates are not finalized. This comedy thriller is directed by Venkat Prabhu. Karthi and Hansika motwani are the leading pair.

Malayalam Movies :

1) Kadal Kadannoru Mathukutty : This Mammootty starrer is set to release on 8th of August. The movie is directed and written by Ranjith. The movie is jointly produced by Prithviraj, Santhosh sivan, Shaji nadeshan and distributed by August cinemas. Mohanlal, Dileep, Prithviraj and Jayaram will be appearing in guest roles in the movie. This is the most awaited movie of Mammootty this year.

2) Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi - NPCB is scheduled to be released on August 9th. This is a road movie directed by Sameer Thahir featuring Dulquer Salmaan and Sunny wayne in the lead. The movie was shot across several states of India and tells the story of two friends traveling from Kerala to Nagaland.

3) Memories - Another movie featuring Prithviraj sukumaran in police role after terrific movie Mumbai Police. The movie is directed by Jeethu Joseph and  Meghna raj is casted opposite Prithviraj. Expectations are high as Prithvi is at his best in his career graph.

4) Attinkuttiyum Pullipuliyum - This is another Lal Jose venture which is scheduled to get released on August 9. The movie will be lead by Kunchako Boban in a different avatar.