Two Kerala megastars clash at box office

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Kerala megastar Mammootty’ in a scene from Thoppil Joppan.

Kerala megastar Mammootty’s family comedy entertainer Thoppil Joppan was released in India on October 7 and is pitted against Mohanlal-starrer Pulimurugan.

The Johny Antony directorial, in which Mammootty plays the role of an Achayan (name used to call Christian men in Kerala) has been making headlines ever since the movie started rolling.

The actor has made a mark in similar roles many times before in movies like Kottayam Kunjachan, Johny Walker, Oru Maravathoor Kanavu and Nasrani among others.

The movie, which stars Mamta Mohandas and Andrea Jeremiah in female lead roles, has an ensemble cast including Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Salim Kumar, Mohan Jose, Saju Navodaya, Harisree Ashokan, Renji Panicker, Sreejith Ravi, Sohan Seenulal, Jude Anthany Joseph, Alencier Lay and Suresh Krishna.

Thoppil Joppan is the production venture of Grand Film Corporation and is expected to make a tremendous opening day business owing to the fabulous fan following Mammootty enjoys throughout the country.

Trade analysts expect it to break the opening day collection of the megastar’s action thriller Kasaba, which had earned a gross amount of Rs 2.43 crore on the first day from Kerala.

This is what a reviewer has to say: “As always, Mammootty looks a true blue, handsome achayan in the film and he proves again that none else can outdo him when it comes to carrying off the role. His charisma upstages everyone else in the movie and when he makes an appearance in slow motion in the classic white-and-white ethnic avatar, you can’t help but be glued to every ounce of it on screen. An average, almost-predictable storyline also chugs alongside making the film an OK experience, but there’s nothing more to it that makes the film anything exceptional”. – CINEWS

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