Kerala cinema lovers will be spoilt for choice this Eid, as five films are slated to hit the screens including those featuring two of the biggest superstars of Indian cinema, Mammootty and Salman Khan.
Four films are slated to release tomorrow, on the first day of Eid (6 July): Salman Khan-starrer Sultan, Kunchacko Boban - Jayasurya-starrer Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum, Manju Warrior's Karinkunnam Sixes and Biju Menon - Asif Ali's Anuraga Karikkin Vellamwhile the Mammookka's Kasabais slated to release on the second day of Eid, 7 July, 2016.
Here is the Catch round-up of Eid releases clashing at the Kerala Box Office :
The much-awaited Eid release of the year, Kasaba will see Mammootty essay the role of Rajan Zachariah, a circle Inspector. Kasaba marks the comeback of the superstar in his best-loved avatar - that of a police office - after a gap of five years. The first teaser of the film has been praised for Mammookka's screen presence and was a big hit in most of social networks including Facebook and Twitter. Also the change in the release date of Mohanlal-starrer Pulimurugan(earlier touted as an Eid release) has worked in Kasaba's favour as now the latter will get more screens. Reportedly, Kasaba is planning to release on more than 150 screens on 7 July. It marks the Malayalam movie debut of Kannada actresses Neha Saxena and Varalakshmi Sarath Kumar, the daughter of Tamil actor Sarath Kumar. The film is the debut vehicle of Nithin Renji Panicker, the son of screenwriter-turned-actor Renji Panicker. Rahul Raj has composed the music for the film, which will be produced by Alice Joseph under the banner, Good Will Entertainments.
2) Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum
The second Eid release is the Kunchacko Boban - Jayasurya-starrer Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum, directed by Boban Samuel, the maker behind both actors' previous hit films Romans and Janapriyan. Touted as a romantic-comedy entertainer, the film stars Amala Paul as main female lead. Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum will be an acid test for Kunchacko Boban, who has had bad luck at the Box Office with nine flops in his last 11 releases. It will be interesting to see how the film will fare at the ticket windows as the Kunchacko - Jayasurya duo's last outing, School Buswas a massive failure at the Box Office. Produced by Ashiq Usman under his home banner,Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum also stars Aju Varghese and Lena and is slated to release tomorrow, 6 July, 2016.
3) Karinkunnam Sixes
Deepu Karunakaran's Karinkunnam Sixes is also slated to release tomorrow. The sports drama stars Manju Warrior in the lead role of a volleyball coach Vandana, who comes to train some prisoners for a crucial volleyball match. Anoop Menon plays the role of Manju's husband in the film, which is jointly produced by Anil Biswas and Jayalal Menon. The film features an ensemble cast including Babu Antony, Baiju, Padmaraj Ratheesh, Sudev Nair, Sudheer Karamana and Suraj Venjaramoodu. With Karinkunnam Sixes, Deepu Karunakaran will be looking for another hit as the director's previous film, Mammootty - Unni Mukundan-starrer Fireman was a success at the Box Office.
4) Anuraga Karikkin Vellam
The fourth Eid release, Anuraga Karikkin Vellam marks the directorial debut of Khalid Rahman. The film stars Biju Menon, Ashif Ali, Asha Sarath and is jointly produced by Santhosh Sivan, Prithviraj, Shaji Nadeshan, and Arya under their banner August Cinema. Anuraga Karikkin Vellam also marks the acting debut of Rejisha Vijayan, popular anchor of Malayalam TV show,Ugram Ujwalam. Touted as a family entertainer, the film will see actors Biju Menon and Ashif Ali playing father and son for the first time. The trailer of the film is already a hit among the audience. The film also stars Soubin Shahir and Sreenath Bhasi, which is also slated to release tomorrow.
The last Eid release at the Kerala Box Office is the Bollywood film Sultan starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma. The Ali Abbas Zafar directorial wrestling drama is also one of the most anticipated Bollywood films of the year. Salman's first film of the year, produced by Yash Raj Films, revolves around a Harvanyi wrestler named Sultan Ali Khan. Eid is known to be a lucky slot for Salman Khan. And six of the superstar's 12 films - namely, Wanted (2009), Dabangg(2010), Bodyguard (2011), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Kick (2014) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) - were released on this auspicious occasion and all these films have emerged as Box Office blockbusters. As per early reports, the film is also eyeing a wide release in Kerala.
It looks like viewers in Kerala will have a tough time picking the best Eid release among the five. Which one will you choose?