20: 20 continues to rule the box-office

Dec 3, 2008 NR

Almost one month after its release, Twenty Twenty continues to retain the top slot at the box office, drawing crowds in large numbers to the theatres across Kerala. And next to 'Twenty Twenty', it's the Jayaram starrer that maintains its sway at the box office, followed next by 'Kurukshetra'. The most notable thing is that other than these three, there is not a single Malayalam film that has managed to stay afloat at the box office. Here's a look at this week's box office status:

Produced by Dileep's 'Graand Productions' for AMMA, Twenty Twenty, directed by Joshiy continues to draw crowds to the theatres across the state. Released on the 5th of November, this multi-starrer flick featuring almost all the prominent stars of Malayalam continues steadily in all centres. Scripted by Udayakrishna and Sibi K. Thomas, 'Twenty Twenty' has managed to make a gross collection of over Rs. 80 Lakhs in just three weeks.

The Akku Akbar-directed Veruthe Oru Bharya, released in the first week of August, still continues to maintain its stand at the box office as a family hit. The film, starring Jayaram and Gopika in lead roles, recently celebrated 125 days of successful run. Scripted by K. Gireesh Kumar, Veruthe Oru Bharya offers nothing new in terms of the story, and may even be called 'old wine in new bottle'. But since the film has been neatly packaged as a decent family entertainer, it found takers with the family audience. Moreover, Pyramid Saimira, the distributors of the film, have been taking care to market the film with utmost care and zest. The film has brought in a gross collection of over Rs.55 Lakhs.

The Major Ravi-directed Mohanlal-starrer Kurukshetra, based on the Kargil War, had won over the hearts of film-lovers all over Kerala as a well-made war film. Of course people exposed to Hollywood and Bollywood war movies might not have liked 'Kurukshetra', but the director had made the film as neatly as he could by remaining within the budget constraints of Malayalam Cinema. The film, shot on locations in Kargil, has brought in a gross of about Rs.42 Lakhs in 50 days.

The Anil-directed Jayaram-Sreedevika starrer Parthan Kanda Paralokam, which didn't evoke much of good opinion and the well-crafted Ranjith-directed Thirakatha continue to run at some centres, especially 'B' theatres. At the same time Tamil films like the Gautham Menon-directed Suriya-starrer Vaaranam Aayiram and the Raju Sundaram-directed Ajith-starrer Aegan got a good run at least in some centres in Kerala. The Bollywood flick Dostana and the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace too are in the fray.

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