Prithviraj's latest Renjit Shankar directed Arjunan Sakshi has bombed at the Kerala box-office.
It's bad news for the young actor as three of his recent films: Anwar (took a fantastic opening), Thriller and Arjunan Sakshi have been failures.
The trade feels Prithvi as an action hero, does not sell. According to a leading exhibitor: " Prithviraj, among the youngsters is looked upon as the future superstar. But his choice of films have gone wrong as he is desperately trying to be a larger than life super hero a little too early in his career. He should be doing more earthy characters that will connect with Kerala audiences."
Now Prithviraj is back to doing earthy characters which is more close to real life. His long delayed film Manikakallu has started rolling at Nalleppally near Palakkad.
The film is directed by Sreenivasan's brother-in-law Katha Parayumbol fame, Mohan and is said to be a family entertainer.
Prithvi is playing a school teacher in the movie. A veteran director remarked: "Thank God he is not holding a gun in the film. By playing an ordinary school master it will take him back to family audiences". Samvrita Sunil is the heroine and is essaying the character of a tough sports teacher. Mukesh, Jagadish, Salimkumar, Jagathy, and Innocent are also in the cast
Even though Katha Parayumbol was a super hit, Mohan did not get much recognition. Srinivasan walked away with all the credit for making the film a hit.
Manikakallu is a golden opportunity for Mohan to prove his skill. Mohan himself has written the screenplay. P Sukumar is the cinematographer, music is by M Jayachandran and film is produced by Girish Lal.
Let us hope Manikakallu works with the family audiences in Kerala.