The Tsunami created by Mammooty’s Rajamanickam at the Kerala Box-office, has put Mohanlal under tremendous pressure. Mammooty has eaten into his fan base of the youth (17 to 25 years) who form the core of the opening week audience.
It is bad news for Mohanlal, who was basking under the glory of his Naran, whose records are being broken by Rajamanickam especially in his citadel of Tiruvananthapuram , Attingal, Kollam, Kottayam and Ernakulam. In three weeks Naran had netted from Kerala Rs 2.70 Crore which was said to be fantastic but Rajamanickam has done better with Rs3.35 Crore, truly amazing!
Rajamanickam and Naran had almost the same number (43)release theatres, but where the former scored was that in some places they were able to screen 5 to 6 shows due to its running time (2hrs 10min) which gave it a gigantic opening. And Mammooty’s film was released on Ramzan day, which saw thousands of people mainly in the Malabar area flocking to the theatres, after breaking their month-long fast.
But what is ringing the alarm bells for Mohanlal is that Rajamanickam making deep in-roads among his traditional hard core supporters in Travancore and Kochi area. 25 days collections of Rajamanickam is much better than Naran in all these areas including Tiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kottayam. It is obvious that Mohanlal fans had not only patronised Rajamanickam but also saw it again as repeat audience!
Remember Mammootty’s other big hit of the year Thommanum Makkalum could not gross as much as Naran in these areas. Mohanlal fans feel that he should choose his scripts with far more care and have enough “Kidilam punchlines and adipoli scenes with dapankoothu songs. Said a peeved Mohanlal fan : “A superstar is meant to provide entertainment, not to preach or show their acting poweress”.
More bad news is that Mohanlal’s next two releases have him in soft roles with no earth shaking dialogues or style. Mohanlal’s Christmas release is Blessy’s off-beat Tanmatra where he plays a government employee with Alzheimer’s disease and in January his long delayed Vadukkumnathan a musical is due where he plays a college lecturer.