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Mohanlal’s Villain sets cash registers on fire, emerges as biggest opener

Villain has raked in over Rs 10 crore in its opening weekend in Kerala. With its mammoth opening, it has shattered the all-time Malayalam day 1 record set by Mammootty - Prithviraj film, The Great Father.

regional movies Updated: Oct 30, 2017 09:34 IST
Sandeep Acharya
Sandeep Acharya
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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Villain stars Mohanlal and Manju Warrier in pivotal roles.

Malayalam superstar Mohanlal’s latest outing Villain, despite largely mixed reviews, has created a box-office juggernaut. Having emerged as the biggest Malayalam opener ever with Rs 4.91 crore gross, the film has raked in over Rs 10 crore in its opening weekend in Kerala. Released in over 250 screens in the state, the film took the theatres by storm even as the word-of-mouth wasn’t impressive from the first show. With its mammoth opening, Villain has shattered the all-time Malayalam day 1 record set by Mammootty - Prithviraj film The Great Father.

Directed by Unnikrishnan, the multi-starrer thriller marked the debut of Vishal, Hansika Motwani, Raashi Khanna and popular Telugu actor Srikanth in Malayalam filmdom. An investigative thriller, the film features Mohanlal in the role of Additional Director General of Police, who return to work after a seven-month sabbatical, only to take voluntary retirement. On his last day, he takes up a triple murder case, which includes a police officer. The film also stars Manju Warrier in a crucial role.

The film features Mohanlal in the role of Additional Director General of Police, who return to work after a seven-month sabbatical, only to take voluntary retirement.

Villain is said to be the first Indian film to be shot in 8K by Cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa and Ekambaram. Raashi Khanna made her singing debut via the film. Vishal and Srikanth, who played pivotal roles, have dubbed in their own voice for the movie. Currently, Telugu and Tamil versions of the film are in post production and will hit the screens in December. According to a statement, with the success of Villain, Rockline Entertainments, the makers of the film, are planning more Malayalam films.

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First Published: Oct 30, 2017 09:26 IST