Mammootty starrer Madhura Raja hit screens on Friday. Directed by Vysakh, the film also stars Jai in a significant role. It was speculated that Madhura Raja is a sequel to Pokkiri Raja, but Mammootty clarified that the film is not a sequel.
Mammootty said, “This film is not the sequel to Pokkiri Raja but it is Raja’s second appearance in new terrain, with new characters. We are keeping some characters like Mangalodayam Manoharan (Salim Kumar) from the first part. He is in the second part because he is writing a novel based on the life of Raja. He has already done the first part (of his novel). Now, he will be writing the second part. That’s how the story begins.”
The film also marks the debut of Sunny Leone in Mollywood. She will be seen in a special dance number.
Athiran, starring Fahadh Faasil and Sai Pallavi, also released today. The film promises to be a thriller that is set in a psychiatric hospital. In the trailer, it was shown that Sai Pallavi’s character was bound in chains. Fahadh plays the role of a mental health professional.
Athiran is the directorial debut of Vivek and is written by P. F. Mathew. The film also stars Atul Kulkarni, Prakash Raj, Surabhi, Sudev Renji Panicker, Lena and Shanthi Krishna.
Also hitting screens down south are Tamil films Watchman, Gangs of Madras and Rocky, Kannada film Kavaludaari and Telugu film Chitralahari, starring Sai Tej, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Nivetha Pethura and Sunil among others.
In North India, it is going to be a lacklustre weekend with films The Tashkent Files, Paharganj, Blackboard vs Whiteboard and Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai?. Giving tough competition to these films will be Hollywood releases Pet Sematary and Hellboy.
Read all the updates about Madhura Raja, Athiran, Chitralahari, Watchman, Gangs of Madras, Rocky, Kavaludaari, The Tashkent Files, Paharganj, Blackboard vs Whiteboard, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai?, Pet Sematary and Hellboy. Read Madhura Raja updates in Malayalam.
Madhura Raja: Our verdict
The Indian Express' film critic Manoj Kumar R writes,"Mammootty keeps the mood light with his strong performance. Mindless entertainers are a great way to veg out after a long week. Vysakh and his team have whipped up a high-calorie cheat meal."
Varun Tej Konidela shares his best wishes to Chitralahari team
Varun Tej Konidela wrote on his Twitter account, "All the best to the entire team of #Chitralahari for tomorrow's release.. @IamSaiDharamTej goodluck bava! 🤗🤗🤗."
'Sai Pallavi has got some serious talent'
@born_EA wrote, "Never imagined she'd act this good. Girl has got some serious talent. Really a great movie.#athiran #SaiPallavi."
'Have to respect Mammootty for the climax fight sequence'
@Junaid43487775 wrote on Twitter, "#MadhuraRaja would have been a debacle with the mediocre script it had, unless the Director's name is Vysakh. He just pulled off a satisfying hardcore Masala film with superb technical qualities. You have to respect this 67 years old man for that climax fight sequence @mammukka👍."
Pet Sematary: Our verdict
The Indian Express' film critic Shalini Langer writes, "Horror aficionados Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer are helped by a solid cast, who help establish the Creeds as a family who love each other and, importantly, whom we come to care for."
'Classic Kannada film with Hollywood movies style'
@thips36 wrote, "@hemanthrao11 classic Kannada film with Hollywood movies style of thot process, visualisation wit great human emotions put together to our sensitivity...must watch great Kannada film...#kavaludaari
'One of the best thriller movies in Kannada'
@Tanushreddy2424 tweeted, "Great thriller.. One of the best thriller movies in kannada. Must watch in theatres #Kavaludaari."
'Athiran is an emotional thriller'
Sridevi Sreedhar had shared a few film stills earlier and wrtoe along, "#Fahadhfaasil and @Sai_Pallavi92 emotional thriller #Athiran directed by #Vivek Is the most awaited film this Vishu 👍👍👍 #Vishu2019 #CenturyFilms."
'First half filled with creepy moments'
@itsMe_Rps tweeted, "#Athiran #Review first half filled with creepy moments and amazing performance by @Sai_Pallavi92 , in some scenes she overshadows Fahad Fazil .It's a technically rich film especially the BG score. But the 2nd half story line is nothing new. One time watchable."
'Mixture of Mass Masala + Comedy'
"#MadhuraRaja first half getting excellent reports from everywhere. Mixture of Mass Masala + Comedy. Damn..sure this movie is for family too!!!! #MegaStar is going to rock !!!#Mammootty #mammookka #MadhuraRajaReview," @Im_JEBIN tweeted.
'One of the best ever debut for a director in Malayalam'
@talkadhu wrote, "One of the best ever debut for a Director in Malayalam. Undoubtedly the best in 2019 😉😁😁. #Athiran #Vivek."
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'Sai Priyankaruth is a great find'
@bijupeter tweeted, "#GangsofMadras chilling first half @SPriyankaruth is a great find...carries a huge role single handedly 👌 @DanielBalaje is cool as usual.... Nice BGM @icvkumar."
'Positive reports for Athiran'
SaipallaviFC tweeted, "Yes positive reports For #Athiran 😍🙏🙏🙏🙏💥💥💥Start Cheyandra Celebrations 🤘🎉🥁🕺💃. After 3 years gap @Sai_Pallavi92 is Back with bang in Malayalam industry 😎😎 #BlockBusterAthiran #AthiranDay #SaiPallavi #FahadhFaasil."
'Madhura Raja is an out and out mass entertainer'
@sali_tron tweeted, "#MadhuraRaja -An out and out mass entertainer where all elements of the formula worked to the core.@mammukka at his meticulous best.Excellent direction by #Vysakh.Technical department top notch. Blockbuster !"
Hemanth M Rao hopes Kavaludaari finds a place in audience's hearts and minds
Kavaludaari Director Hemanth M Rao tweeted,"I hope the love, care, passion and dedication we've all put into our work shows on the screen. Whatever #Kavaludaari will be.. is now going to be dedicated to you.. the audience and I sincerely hope it finds a place in your hearts and minds."
'Gangs Of Madras is a raw, realistic and gritty gangster drama'
Ramesh Bala tweeted, "#GangsOfMadras [3/5]: A raw, realistic and gritty gangster drama.. A woman's revenge for the wrongful death of her husband.. #PriyankaRuth as the lead has done an exceptional job.. #DanielBalaji is impressive.. @ashokactor is good.. Action sequences are choreographed well.." He also added, "Camera Work and BGM are the other major highlights.. Dir @icvkumar has done good research about #Chennai 's illegal drugs supply chain network.. He has used new faces and locations to bring authenticity.. A violent gangster drama!"
BVS Ravi is 'eagerly waiting for the success of Chitralahari'
Filmmaker BVS Ravi wrote on his Twitter account, "Eagerly waiting for the success of #Chitralahari heard positive review from previews. My best wishes to my dear @IamSaiDharamTej director Kishore n Mythri movie makers. 💖."
Athiran song "Pavizha Mazha" makes Sai Pallavi 'so happy'
Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai?: Our verdict
The Indian Express' film critic Shubhra Gupta writes, "This new Albert, both the character and the film, is all over the place. Manav Kaul tries hard to make something of his character, who chucks up a steady job to turn into a killer."
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Hellboy: Our verdict
Indian Express' film critic Shalini Langer writes, "The central premise is roundabouts the same. Is Hellboy essentially good or bad? Who makes monsters? What gives humans the right to decide? But from giants who pummel to witches who slaughter, and eye-less old women who bend backwards to walk on all fours, there is not a single redeeming thing the film offers by way of them."
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Shraddha Srinath on Kavaludaari
Shraddha Srinath shared on Twitter, "Smashing! Wishing team #Kavaludaari a grrrreat run. Big day, @hemanthrao11 , @Rishi_vorginal . Good luck."
'Gangs Of Madras is a one woman show'
"#GangsOfMadrasFromToday. Heroine Priyanka Ruth has done really well, playing a fiercely determined woman who's out for revenge in the deadly world of gangsters. One woman show almost. Watch it for her. Dir @icvkumar brings a female angle to the usual Gangster film. #GangsofMadras," journalist Kaushik LM said via Twitter.
PHOTOS: Madhura Raja mania in Kerala
Madhura Raja is expected to dominate screens in Kerala this week. Since Friday morning, Mammootty fans have been making a beeline for theaters. (Photo: Joshy K John, iemalayalam.com)
'Watchman is an intriguing thriller'
Manimegalai posted on Twitter, "At the premiere of #watchman. An intriguing Thriller movie by dir Vijay. Another impressive performance by @gvprakash bro. & spcl luv to d “Naaikutty Bruno”💛All d very best to the team for movie release. Do watch d movie In theatres 🙌"
'We have given our best in Chitralahari'
Sai Dharam Tej tweeted, "Hey guys so #Chitralahari is releasing today...we have given our best in the film...it’s an honest attempt from the whole team to entertain you guys...hope you guys like it...cheers guys -team #Chitralahari"
Sai Pallavi on Athiran
In an interview with Firstpost, Sai Pallavi said, "The role was interesting, something different from a lot of scripts that came my way. I did tell the director (Vivek) to count me in if there are very few dialogues. I didn’t want to sound foreign if I am playing a Malayali. Thankfully, this had very few dialogues. Also, it was an experience to watch Fahad Faasil transform into his character. He is a switch on and switch off actor."
Mammootty on Madhura Raja
During an interaction, Mammootty addressed the relevance of Madhura Raja as it is releasing nine years after Pokkiri Raja. He said, "Human values or emotions do not change with time. This film is about good defeating evil. Film franchises have been successful worldwide. We enjoy Avengers series without any complaints. And yet why are you asking so many questions when ‘paavam Raja’ (poor Raja) gets a sequel?"