Ramzan is the second biggest festival release day for Malayalam films and this year it is going to be the biggest ever battle in history.
Normally there will be one or two Malayalam films, but this year at the last count there are four confirmed releases and one in the waiting list.
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The four films which have confirmed their release date on August 9- Ramzan day are - Mammootty’s Kadal Kadannu Oru Maathukutty (KKOM), Prithviraj’s Memories, Dulquer Salmaan’s Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi (NPCB) and Kunchacko Boban’s Pulipuliyum Attinkuttiyum. In addition to all these films’ Blessy’s Kalimannu is trying to get a release date and has been put on the waiting list by theatres in Kerala.
There are no dates available in Kerala screens as in addition to four Malayalam releases there are two other biggies in other languages releasing. biggest of the lot is Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s Thalaivaa in Tamil and Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express in Hindi, both slated for August 9 weekend. Remember Vijay has the biggest fan base among other language heroes in Kerala.
At the last count Kerala has around 435 screens and 300 of them are releasing stations. But what is happening is that it is very difficult to get screens in small towns like Manjeri, Chalakudy or Tirur which are big collection centres. And in Malabar area from where 40% of collections come, there are very few screens compared to Cochin-Travancore areas.
Meanwhile all the four Malayalam films getting ready for Ramzan are in post-production stage. All of them will get censored in the first week of August, as they are slotted for August 9 release.