Amidst Baahubali 2 storm, Dulquer Salmaan’s CIA manages to get screens in Kerala

Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2 is still going strong in Kerala but in spite of that, Dulquer Salmaan’s new film CIA has hit the screens.

regional movies Updated: May 05, 2017 11:15 IST
Sandeep Acharya
Sandeep Acharya
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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CIA stars Dulquer Salmaan and Karthika Muralidharan.

Dulquer Salmaan’s Comrade in America (CIA) has released worldwide on Friday. In Kerala, amidst the Baahubali storm, the film managed to release in nearly 200 screens but it has to be seen whether it can draw audiences considering everybody wants to revisit Baahubali 2 which has done exceptional business in the state. While there’s good buzz riding on the film, everything looks small in front of the unexpected box-office storm created by Baahubali 2, which has struck gold at the ticket window in the state.

Contrary to reports that CIA is a political film, its director Amal Neerad in an earlier interview said it’s actually a coming-of-age romance. Dulquer Salmaan will be seen as a Pala-based young man, who has got communist leanings. Newcomer Karthika Muralidharan makes her debut with the movie which also has Siddique, Soubin Shahir and Dileesh in important roles.

Comrade in America is a coming-of-age romance.

During the release of the film’s teaser, Dulquer wrote on his Facebook page: “At long last, here is the title for my first full length Amal Neerad film! Thank you Amal Etta for the opportunity and for letting me be a part of something so ambitious and grand. Hope you all love everything about the film.” The film’s poster which was released earlier this year had featured Dulquer against the American flag, with heavy Communism reference. The film has been predominantly shot in Mexico and the US.

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First Published: May 05, 2017 11:13 IST