5 Malayalam films of 2016 that became unexpected hits
Many of the big budget Malayalam movies of 2016 struggled to find audiences in theatres. Many movies, which were expected to do well at the box office, failed miserably. However, some low-budget movies became unexpected super hits. Here is the list of five Malayalam movies that became sleeper hits.
1. Maheshinte Prathikaaram
Maheshinte Prathikaaram directed by actor turned director Dileesh Pothan, was released without much pre-release hype, but after the release, the movie got highly positive response from the audience and became a solid hit at the box office. The movie tells the story of a local photographer who faces many struggles in his life. The light-hearted story telling method is the main plus point of the movie.
2. Happy Wedding
Happy Wedding written and directed by debutant Omar Lulu can be considered as one of the big surprise hits of the year. Initially, the movie was released only in 35 screens in Kerala, but after a week, the movie got 130 screens because of the highly positive WOM. The movie steadily climbed up the box office charts and collected over 13 Crores from the box office.
3. Anuraga Karikkin Vellam
Anuraga Karikkin Vellam directed by debutant Khalid Rahman got a less number of releasing centres only as it was released along with Mammootty’s most anticipated movie Kasaba and multi starrer Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum. However, this feel good family entertainer emerged as a super hit and grossed over 8 Crores from the box office.
4. Ann Maria Kalippilaanu
Ann Maria Kalippilaanu was the second directorial venture of Aadu director Midhun Manuel Thomas. The movie discussed the problems faced by today’s younger generation. The movie collected 10.26 Crores within a month of its release. Later a Telugu dubbed version of Ann Maria Kalippilaanu titled as Pilla Rakshasi was released in Andhra Pradesh.
5. Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan
Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan is the second directorial venture of Nadhirshah after Amar Akbar Anthony. The movie stars Vishnu Unnikrishnan, the actor who earlier appeared in insignificant roles, in the lead role. The movie got highly positive response from the first day itself and collected 1.30 crore on the first day itself. The movie is still running successfully at the box office and already declared as a super hit.