Among the four Onam releases, the Mohanlal starrer Natturajavu is the clear winner by a mile. Pritviraj’s Satyam may scrape through while Dileep’s Vettam is a loser. Mammootty’s Kazhcha carries critical acclaim and has good word-of-mouth but is yet to pick up at the box-office.
Natturajavu released in 51 screens has taken a distributors share of Rs 1.42 Crore in the first two weeks and is a safe bet at the box-office.
Satyam made on a budget of Rs 1.20 Crore has taken a decent initial and may cover its cost and a make a small profit to the producers.
The big loser of this Onam is Vettam, a comedy caper with a budget of Rs 2.10 Crore. The film is not being appreciated and the audience feels that it is a rehashed version of old Priyan films. “Swargachitra” who had funded the film is likely to lose Rs 1 Crore plus.
Kazhcha made on a very low budget carries excellent reports but is puffing and panting at the box-office but due to its word-of-mouth may cover the cost of production in the long run.