Jayaram’s ‘Manthrikan’ finally wraps up the shoot

The Jayaram starrer ‘Manthrikan’ that has been in the making for quite a while now is finally complete. The film has been directed by Anil and is a horror comedy.

Poonam Bajwa is the heroine of the film, and this would be the second time she would be seen along with Jayaram in a film, the first one being ‘China Town’. It also stars Muktha George, Sharath Chandran Wayanad, Vineeth Kumar, Murali Mohan, Indrans, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Sudha Nair, Riyaz Khan, Ramesh Pisharady, Kottayam Nazir, Sooraj Venjiradamoodu, Kalabhavan Shahjohn, E A Rajendran, Jayakrishnan, Devan, Anil Murali, Jayan and Mahesh, in supporting roles.

‘Manthrikan’ has been produced by Anand Kumar under the banner of Yes Cinema Company. The film is expected to release soon.

Seniors , still strong

Though the rains has washed away the prospects of much of the films in Mollywood Box office, the new mutistarrer from Vysakh and Vyshakha Rajan, ‘Seniors’ still continue with its dream run. The movie takes the top of the list with little competition, continuously for the fifth week in a row. The top five movies of the week are :

1.Seniors’ – The movie is undoubtedly the biggest hit of the year till now, grossing a distributor share of 5.7 crores in its 35 days run. The movie entering its 40 days in the Box Office, still hold strong at 43 of its release centres. While all the district headquarters still witness hundred percent collections in the weekends, the movie is in single shows in 8 centres.’Seniors’ was made in a budget of 4.5 crores, including print and publicity.

2.’Badrinath’ – Though the movie was released last week, this Allu arjun starer fails to bring in audiences as expected. The movie continues in its 75 centres with average collections.

3. Janapriyan’ – The movie scripted by Krishna Poojappura created good word of mouth and even got stabilised in collections in its second week, the big rains has washed away the prospects of the movie to end up as a big hit. ‘Janapriyan’ is now down to 15 of its release centres in its fourth week. As of now, ‘janapriyan’ from Jayasuriya and debutante director Boban Samuel will be an average earner at best.

4. ‘Manikyakallu’ – The second movie from M Mohanan has to face a tough fight from Seniors in the initial weeks and succumbed to the mighty multistarrer, but in the later weeks the movie gained good word of mouth and well become a safe earner. This feel good movie from Prithviraj, is in its sixth week and continues in 15 centers, of which seven centres  have a single show.

5.’China Town’ – The multistarrer from Rai-Mecartin team, featuring Mohanlal, Jayaram and Dileep is in its 63rd day run in nine of its release centres. But only three of them feature the movie in full shows, as all the rest have them as a noon show film. The movie made in a budget of 9 crores is reported to have earned 6.5 crores as distributor share from its 50 days run and will be a hit in all counts. Interestingly, ‘China town’ has also completed 1 crore collections from a single theatre in the capital city.

Megastar Mammootty’ latest Jayaraj film ‘The train ‘ has become his biggest failure in this decade, with very few takers, though the movie is just into its third week. ‘Urumi’ – now into its 75 day continues in a lone centre at the capital city.
T V Chandran’s ‘Sankaranum Mohananum’ and Albert Antoni’s movie with freshers ‘Vadamalli’ also opens to poor responses and may not remain in theatres for long.

Top 5 malayalam movies

With the coming up of school vacations, more and more films are getting released every week, which has made the Mollywood B O, a busy place. But none of the films in the theatres are able to guarantee cent percent collections, though there are also a couple of multistarrers in the offering.The top five movies of the weekend are:

1.China Town’-The movie made a very good opening in the first few days, but opinion about a poor second half has made the viewers loss interest in the flick. Anyhow, Chinatown, a multistarrer featuring Mohanlal, Dileep and Jayaram is enjoying a reasonably safe ride with 60-80 percent collections in major centres. The movie may bring back the 9 crores spend on it, in the long run. The movie which opened in 100 centres now survives in 67 stations.

2.Urumi’-The multistarrer epic from Prithviraj still holds nerves and continues in major centres. The big budget visual magic is still in 28 release centres in its 6th week.

3.’Chrsitian Brothers’-Another multistarrer with Lal, Sureshgopi, Sharathkuamr and dileep is enjoying its hassle free run in its seventh week. The movie by Joshiey is expected to complete 50 days in 27 centres, of which 11 has reduced the shows to a couple or single shows.

4. ‘City of God and Doubles’- Both the films are dismal failures in the Box Office. In fact ‘City of God’ is the biggest commercial flop from Prithvi in recent times, as the the movie released in more than 50 centres will find it hard in eight centres in its third week.’Doubles has a similar story to tell and will be seen only in 12 centres in its fourth week.

5 ‘Bhakthajanagalude shraddhakku’ and Lucky jockers’- the first commercial movie from Priyanandhanan has bagged good reports from masses and critics, but poor promotion will make it harder for the movie to become a big hit.’Lucky Jockers’, the first movie from Aascar films had a fairly good weekend but may find the goings tough, due to its little quality content. The coming weekend will have a few more releases in the form of ‘Seniors’, ‘Manikyakallu’, and ‘Reghuvinte Swantham Raziya’.

China Town Review

Review- China Town
Producer- Antony Perumbavoor
Director- Rafi- Mecartin
Cast- Mohanlal, Jayaram, Dileep, Kavya Madhavan, Poonam Bajwa, Dipasha etc.
Music- Jassie Gift
Cinematography- Azhagappan. N
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues- Rafi- Mecartin
Review by : Unni
‘China Town’ has been an eagerly awaited film. Mohanlal, Dileep and Jayaram coming together in equally important roles and that too in a film by hitmaking director duo Rafi-Mecartin is big news for film lovers in Kerala. So it has been an eager wait for ‘China Town’, expecting it to be a full-length colourful entertainer.

‘China Town’, when it finally hit screens, is fun, at least half way through. Till interval it’s fun, real comedy that makes you laugh aloud. But then, post-interval, it’s not so. After interval, it’s a mix and at times even confuses you. Had the second half of the film been like the first half, it would have been much more enjoyable. As of now, ‘China Town’ has a good, enjoyable first half and a rather confusing, a bit boring second half. But the film may turn out to be a hit, a family hit.

Mathewkutty (Mohanlal), Zachariah (Jayaram) and Binoy (Dileep) are made to come to Goa by Gomez (Captain Raju), who is rich and runs a casino there. Gomez wants them in Goa as he wants them to take charge of the casino. Mathewkutty is accompanied by Rose (Kavya Madhavan) and later, during their stay in Goa, the trio, who become friends, also become close to Emily (Poonam Bajwa), who is Gomez’ daughter and also to Chandni (Dipasha), the home minister’s daughter. There is Gauda (Pradeep Rawat), a businessman and aspiring politician, with whom Mathewkutty, Zachariah and Binoy lock horns later. It’s with this that the story takes a new turn.

The scenes where Mathewkutty, Zachariah and Binoy are introduced are handled well and are real funny scenes indeed. Suraaj Venjaramoodu’s goonda Chandran Valanjavazhi alias CV also puts in some funny moments and elicits loud laughs. The romance part is also worked out well in the first half. But then, in the second half, it all goes wrong and it seems Rafi and Mecartin, who handle the script as well, lose control of the subject in a bid to make it entertaining and more humorous. The sumo-wrestler bit in the second half seems deliberately put in and is even distasteful at times. The scenes where the protagonists get drunk and drugged and lose track of what they are doing is all poorly executed. The second half thus plays spoilsport to the entire movie, which would otherwise have been 100% entertaining.
Mohanlal, Jayaram and Dileep do justice to their roles. Kavya is good but Poonam Bajwa and Dipasha don’t have much to do. Dileep is good in the first half but cuts a poor figure in the post-interval sections. The others in the cast are OK with their roles. One wonders why Jagathy Sreekumar was brought in, almost at the close of the movie and what his character was meant for. He has nothing to do, performance-wise.
Technical aspects
Azhagappan has done a good work of the cinematography. The editing and art-work are in tune with the mood and theme of the movie.
The songs don’t make much of an impact whereas in usual Rafi-Mecartin films, songs, mostly peppy ones, go on to become hits and contribute towards making the film a hit. With ‘China Town’ it’s not so; the songs are just so so.
Rafi and Mecartin have worked well with the first half of the movie while in the second half it seems they have taken themselves for granted and forgot that they were confusing the audience to an extent and even exhausting them. Of course there are things to laugh in the second half, but there is an apparent lack of logic and continuity in the second half.
Rafi and Mecartin, the makers of colourful entertainers, are in full form in the first half of ‘China Town’ and do justice to the script at hand in the second half too. The only problem is that the script, penned by Rafi and Mecartin themselves, go wrong in the second half and to an extent mar the totality of the film.
Overall verdict- Comic, funny first half followed by a not-so-good second half. Good for the family audience. Likely to be a hit

China Town Review

Cast: Mohanlal, Kavya Madhavan, Jayaram, Dileep, Poonam Bajwa, Dipasha

Director: Rafi Mecartin
Producer: Antony Perumbavoor
Music: Jassie Gift
Story/Screenplay: Rafi Mecartin

Story/Plot: Three fathers and Three sons meet after 20 years in Goa.





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China Town censored!

Mohanlal’s eagely awaited multi-starrer and his big 2011 summer-Vishu release China Town, has been censored by the Regional Censors in Thiruvananthapuram.

The 2 hours 22 minutes film carries a clean  ‘U’ certificate and is said to be a rollicking comedy.

China Town directed by Rafi-Mecartin is a multi-starrer comedy film featuring Mohanlal, Jayaram, Dileep, Kavya Madhavan, Poonam Bajwa, Dipasha, Jagathi Sreekumar and Suraj Venjaramoodu.

Ghajini fame villain Pradeep Rawat is making his debut in Malayalam as the main villain of the film.

The film slated for release on April 15, Vishu day is likely to release in nearly 200 screens worldwide like Christian Brothers did a few weeks back.

The producer Antony Perumbavoor who has always been reluctant to go for saturation release, seeing market conditions may go now for a very big release.

The idea is clear, get as many audiences in the first week itself.

Three biggies for March

Mollywood will witness the release of three big films in the month of March. The much delayed ‘Christian Brothers’ featuring Mohanlal, Sarath Kumar, Dileep and Suresh Gopi will be the first to arrive by the tenth of March. This movie from veteran hit maker Joshy will go for a wide release.

The 30th of March will mark the release of another multistarrer form Mohanlal -‘China Town’. A humorous flick from Rafi-Mecartin, Dileep and Jayaram will come together with Mohanlal for the movie.

The final day of March will have another big budget entertainer ‘Urumy’ from Santhosh Sivan. One of the biggest films of all times in Mollywood, ‘Urumy’ scripted by Shankar Ramakrishnan will have Prithviraj, Tabu, Genelia, Arya, Prabhu Deva, and many other big names in its cast list. The movie expected to get completed in a budget of 20 crores now need another twenty days to complete its shooting. These biggies will continue as the hot favourites in the Vishu season too which will come up in another two weeks from March.

Mohanlal to work with Blessy again

The box office failure of ‘Kandahar’ seems to have had an impact on the choice of Megastar Mohanlal’s new commitments.

Mohanlal has signed up a few promising projects for this year including Priyadarshan’s film and Sathyan Anthikkad’s film. Now it has been reported that the star would be doing Blessy’s new film as well.

Mohanlal had worked with Blessy twice before; once for ‘Tanmatra’ and then for ‘Bhramaram’, and the results have been spectacular. Earlier, Blessy was said to be planning ‘Aadujeevitham’ with Prithviraj in the lead. Now it seems that the Prithvi film might have to wait a bit.

Mohanlal is currently busy shooting for Rafi-Mecartin’s ‘China Town’, and in March he would have his first release of the year with ‘Christian Brothers’.