The three-time National Award-winning Malayalam actor Mohanlal has once again established his supremacy over the South-Indian box office by a three back-to-back super hits.
The Malayalam superstar, who is one of the very few Indian actors excelling in character acting, emerged as the biggest hit maker of the South Indian film industry through his last three releases, Janatha Garage, Oppam and now successfully running Pulimurugan.
If the collection estimation of trade analysts come true, he will also become the first Malayalam actor to find his place in the 100-crore club through his unstoppable Pulimurugan.
While his peers in the industry are in their 'struggle for existence', the actor has been proving that he is all worth to be termed as 'a complete actor'.
There is no boundary for him while acting. Pushing all boundaries that viewers tend to give a sixty plus actor, Mohanlal is setting an example for his co-workers in the industry.
The South Indian superstar embarked on breaking box office records, this season, through his Telugu movie Janatha Garage. The movie starring Mohanlal and Telugu actor Jr NT Rama Rao grossed more than 138 crores, with a whopping 100-crore collection in the first week alone.
The movie also emerged as the third biggest hit in Telugu cinema history after Rajamouli’s Baahubali, Koratala Shiva’s Srimanthudu.
The next was Oppam. The hype on the movie was literally inexplicable since Malayalees had been eagerly looking forward to Mohanlal-Priyadarshan combo to come back with a hit.
It will not be exaggerating to say that the waiting was paid off and the movie turned to be a huge success. The average budget flick in which Mohanlal played a character of a blind security guard, Jayaraman, proved that Mohanlal is the real crowd-puller in the Malayalm film industry.
The movie was hailed as a strong coming back of Mohanlal as an actor who effortlessly transformed to Jayaraman. It also was a fine feast for those who wanted to know the amount of acting skill this actor possessed. Even though the movie drew flak from some corners for its weak script and floating senselessness here and there in the story, Priyadarshan’s movie was able to create that wave in theatres which lacked for past few months.
The suspense thriller made a total gross collection of 50 crores, the second Mohanlal movie to surpass the magic number.
While the movie collected 37.83 crores from Kerala alone in 38 days, the movie easily crossed the milestone of 50 crores from international box office. It also received a hearty response from Gulf and European countries.
The other movies that crossed the 50-crore milestone in Malayalam film industry are Mohanlal's own Drishyam (68 crores), Prithviraj's Ennu Ninte Moideen (62 crores), Dulqar-Fahad-Nivin trio's flick Banglore Days (52) and Dileep's Two Countries (50.85).
Among all these movies, it was Drishyam, the 2013 Christmas release of Jeethu Joseph that set many records in Malayalam in terms of collection, with the record for the highest gross collection. Even after three years of the release, the movie was on the top of the list with 68.15 crores.
However, Vaishak's directorial venture Pulimurugan has surpassed the lifetime collection of Drishyam. Interestingly, Pulimurugan needed only 17 days to break the record set by Drishyam in 190 days.
One should keep in mind that the movie is yet to be released in Gulf countries, US and other European countries.