Gear up to welcome the Onam releases
Malayalam cinema celebrates Onam with some high profile movie releases. Most films released recently failed to enthuse viewers. Much is thus expected from the festival releases.
Here is a closer look at the five films said to be this year’s main Onam films.
Dir: Ajay Vasudevan
Cast: Mammootty, Rai Lakshmi
Mammootty hopes for better luck with this loud and colourful film, scripted by Siby K Thomas and Udayakrishna.
The hero is a family man, who runs a highway restaurant. His peaceful life is marred by some unexpected turnarounds.
Lakshmi Rai has changed her name and hopes that proves lucky for her.
Image: Mammootty and Rai Lakshmi in Rajadhi Raja
Director: Arun Vaidyanathan
Cast: Mohanlal, Mukesh, Ragini Nandwani
Mohanlal plays Jagannathan, a politician, who is at loggerheads with another politician named Francis Kunjappan (Mukesh). He goes to the United States and the fun begins from then on.
Ragini Nandwani plays Jessy, who is settled in the US. Aju Varghese and Baburaj play supporting roles.
Image: Mohanlal inPeruchazhi
Director: Sudheesh Sankar
Cast: Dileep, Namita Pramod
Dileep plays a vegetable vendor named Siddharthan, who is trying hard to look after his family.
He gets married to Narmada, the daughter of a rich man. Though the film is a laugh riot, the story is basically about the relationship between father and son.
Namita Pramod was Dileep’s heroine in the hit film, Sound Thoma.
Image: A still from Villaali Veeran
Director: Anil Radhakrishnan Menon
Cast: Prithviraj, Reenu Mathews
North 24 Kaatham director Anil Radhakrishnan Menon tells the story of seven gentlemen thieves. According to Prithviraj, the film is different from other films about heists.
Reenu Mathews plays Sara, the wife of Krishnanunni, Prithviraj’s character.
Image: Prithviraj and Reenu Mathews in Saptamasree Taskaraha
Director: Johny Antony
Cast: Kunchacko Boban, Biju Menon
The pairing of Kunchacko Boban and Biju Menon is the best in Malayalam cinema, it is said. Their films together, such as Ordinary and Romans have been big hits.
The duo teams up for this fun film, with Sheela Aggarwal and Vinuda Lal as the heroines.
Image: Kunchacko Boban and Biju Menon in Bhaiyya Bhaiyya