Mollywood star Mohanlal’s latest film Aaraattu, which hit screens on Friday, ended its opening weekend on an ordinary note. The film collected Rs 3.5 crore at the Kerala box office on its first day, receiving mixed reviews from audiences. It witnessed a decline on the second day itself, raking in nearly Rs 3 crore. The film saw limited growth on Sunday, ending its extended weekend with a total of Rs 8.60 crore, according to a Pinkvilla report
He slightly outstripped that of Pranav Mohanlal Hridayam as the romantic drama grossed Rs 8.49 crore in its first three days despite opening on a lower note. The perception is that Aaraattu hasn’t been able to reach its potential as word of mouth isn’t as impressive as expected. The movie will need to post strong numbers today and stay strong in week two to become a success. This, however, is easier said than done as it is likely to face competition from Valimaiwhich is scheduled for release on February 24.
Bheemla Nayakstarring Pawan Kalyan, could also affect its prospects when it premieres in theaters on February 25, as it is a remake of the popular Malayalam film Ayyappanum Koshiyum.
Aaraattu, directed by acclaimed filmmaker B Unnikrishnan, is an action comedy aimed at a mass audience. It features Shraddha Srinath as the leading lady and marks her first collaboration with ‘Lalettan’, this is her second Malayalam film as she made her acting debut with Kohinoorwhich premiered theatrically in 2015. The cast includes actor Siddique, Ramachandra Raju from KGF fame, Prabhakar and Neha Saxena
This is Mohanlal’s first theatrical release after Marakkar, which hit screens last year. The period drama was directed by Priyadarshan and revolved around the life of a naval admiral. The Biggie, which featured Manju Warrier as the female lead, bombed at the box office while receiving negative reviews.