It may sound bizarre but the truth is that Rajnikanth’s Chandramukhi has trounced Mohanlal’s Chandrolsavam, both released on the same day (April 14)!
In Trivandrum, Chandramukhi released in three screens at Athulya, Anjali and Dhanya and grossed Rs 7,11,545 in four days while Chandrolsavam in two screens Sreekumar and Kairali could manage only Rs 5,23,340 during the same period.
Chandramukhi is heavily inspired from Mohanlal’s classic Manichitrathazhu and was not expected to do well in Kerala. Surprisingly, the film has been well received and is doing better business than the three Malayalam Vishu releases.
Meanwhile Chandrolsavam is trimmed by 18 minutes to make it more racy and crisp but what the trade feels is that director Ranjit could have done this before release! Kochi Rajavu is holding on with 50 percent collections thanks to aggressive marketing campaign by Dileep&Co. But sadly Jayaram’s Alice In Wonderland, the best of the lot is floundering at box-office due to lack of publicity.
Vishu 2005 has turned out to be a nightmare for Malayalam film industry.