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Madhura Raja, Watchman, The Tashkent Files and Hellboy movie review and release: Highlights

Here's what celebrities, critics and fans said about Madhura Raja, Athiran, Chitralahari, Watchman, Gangs of Madras, Kavaludaari, The Tashkent Files, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai?, Pet Sematary and Hellboy.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 12, 2019 6:27:53 pm
Madhura Raja Hellboy Madhura Raja is the biggest release of the week.

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.

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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.

17:52 (IST)12 Apr 2019
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."

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17:47 (IST)12 Apr 2019
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! 🤗🤗🤗."

17:14 (IST)12 Apr 2019
'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."

16:51 (IST)12 Apr 2019
'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👍."

16:29 (IST)12 Apr 2019
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."

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15:58 (IST)12 Apr 2019
'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

15:24 (IST)12 Apr 2019
'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."

15:15 (IST)12 Apr 2019
'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."

15:02 (IST)12 Apr 2019
'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."

14:41 (IST)12 Apr 2019
'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.

14:24 (IST)12 Apr 2019
'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."

13:44 (IST)12 Apr 2019
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13:22 (IST)12 Apr 2019
'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."

13:08 (IST)12 Apr 2019
'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."

12:55 (IST)12 Apr 2019
'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 !"

12:33 (IST)12 Apr 2019
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."

11:55 (IST)12 Apr 2019
'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!"

11:26 (IST)12 Apr 2019
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. 💖."

11:10 (IST)12 Apr 2019
Athiran song "Pavizha Mazha" makes Sai Pallavi 'so happy'

Sharing Athiran song "Pavizha Mazha", actor Sai Pallavi wrote, "This song makes me feel so happy ☺🥰♥ #Athiran #PavizhaMazha ❤."

10:53 (IST)12 Apr 2019
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."

Also Read | Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? movie review: This remake will make you angry

The Telugu dubbed version of Prithviraj directorial Lucifer, starring Mohanlal Vivek Oberoi, Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas and Indrajith Sukumaran among others, has also released in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

The Indian Express' film critic Shubhra Gupta wrote in her review, "Lucifer proves that Prithviraj does have a flair for direction, and the ability to amp up the drama, and keep things moving briskly. Next time around, maybe lop off some running time, and tamp down the ear-shattering background music. And give us women who can do, not just do as they are told."