Hot and happening hero Prithviraj's Thriller is turning out to be a disaster at the box-office.
It is nowhere near the star's last release Anwar, which not only took a bumper opening but was comparatively a safe bet compared to Thriller.
According to George Thomas, a leading trade analyst : "Anwar took a fantastic opening and then fell, but will collect around Rs 3 Crore from theatricals and another Rs 2 crore from other rights, making it profitable for the producers. But Thriller may do just around Rs 1 crore from theatricals, as collections are only one fifth of Anwar. For example in Ernakulam, Anwar took a distributors share of Rs 15.25 lakhs from Shenoys, while it will be a wonder if Thriller can manage to collect a share of Rs 3 lakhs from Kavitha"!
Prithviraj has to be careful about his choice of films and directors. As per the last count he has given dates to a dozen directors.
Now he is shooting simultaneously for five films Urumi, City of God, Arjunan Sakshi and cameo appearances in Makeup Man and Manushamrigam.
The big question is has the actor in him gone through the script of all these films?
Industry veterans say that he is in a hurry to replace M & M. In a way Raju (pet name) is the only actor now in Malayalam films who is within a striking distance to overtake the living legends. There is a lot of jealousy among other stars at the rise and rise of Prithviraj. The rumour mill has it that a few of them are actively trying to target his films.
Prithviraj should be matured enough to handle it by ignoring such 'Para's' (obstacles) by taking it in his stride and moving on with his march to conquer the box-office. He should not say things like "Those who don't like me need not see my films. What right has these people in stopping others from watching my films? I certainly believe that my films are aesthetically far superior to their films which may have been successful."
Prithviraj is the youngest actor to reach such dizzy heights. He is highly misunderstood and is not arrogant like many make him out to be. Prithvi is not only a fine actor but is the rising star. He has to be careful about the script that he chooses, talk less and let his film do all the talking.