It is an interesting day for movie buffs down south as two highly-awaited films have hit the screens. Malayalam actor Nivin Pauly’s Kayamkulam Kochunni and Telugu superstar Jr NTR’s Aravindha Sametha released worldwide today.
Period drama Kayamkulam Kochunni, starring Nivin Pauly in the titular role, follows the rise and fall of legendary highway robber Kayamkulam Kochunni. The film is written by writer duo Bobby and Sanjay and filmmaker Rosshan Andrrews has helmed the project. The film stars superstar Mohanlal in an extended cameo and also has Priya Anand, Priyanka Thimmesh and Babu Antony among others in the star cast.
Aravindha Sametha, meanwhile, is Jr NTR’s maiden collaboration with ace filmmaker Trivikram Srinivas. The Hyper star had revealed it was a 12-year-old dream to work with director Trivikram. Judging from the trailer, NTR plays a man who is torn between violence and grace. The movie also stars Pooja Hegde, Eesha Rebba, Sunil, Naga Babu, Rao Ramesh, Supriya Pathak, Sithara and Brahmaji among others.
Read all the updates about Kayamkulam Kochunni and Aravindha Sametha. Read Kayamkulam Kochunni movie review in Malayalam.
Aravindha Sametha: Our verdict
Jr NTR plays his role with a notable maturity that is gained through many films over the course of 18 years. He gives a strong performance when he breaks down following the death of his father.
Kayamkulam Kochunni: Our verdict
Writers Bobby and Sanjay could have made the film more dark and gritty, instead of making it a simple black-and-white story told in broad strokes. It’s unclear why the writers were so keen on exonerating Kochunni.
Aju Varghese on Kayamkulam Kochunni
Aju Varghese posted on Twitter, "Happy birthday aliya and BIG BiG congrats for the BIG win of Kochunni at the opening screens !!! Blockbuster on the way !!! @NivinOfficial"
Aravinda Sametha is superb, says Gopichand Malineni
Filmmaker Gopichand Malineni shared on Twitter, "#AravindaSametha ..superb ..NTR’s best till date,what an actor 🙏🏼best story telling n finest direction by Trivikram ,Jagapathi Babu brilliant @MusicThaman background score amazing ,Ramlaxman n Dop ps Vinod outstanding ..congratulations entire team 👍👍"
Priya Anand on Kayamkulam Kochunni director Rosshan Andrrews
In an interview with Indianexpress.com, Kayamkulam Kochunni actor Priya Anand said, “He (Rosshan Andrrews) is so particular. He knows exactly what he wants from his actors. Not just from me, he even knows what he wants from an actor like Mohanlal. It is very nice to work with someone like him. Everything is in his head. He is literally a one-man army. He doesn’t need a dance or stunt choreographer. He doesn’t need anybody. He only says yes to what he wants. He doesn’t give up until he gets what exactly he wants.”
Aadarsh Balakrishna on Aravindha Sametha
Aadarsh Balakrishna tweeted, "Best wishes to @tarak9999 anna for #aravindasametha ! And to my brother @Naveenc212 for apparently acing it! Extremely excited for this one. Hope you guys like my little cameo in it 😁😁😁"
Check out the trailer of Kayamkulam Kochunni here
On the fence about watching Aravindha Sametha? Check out trailer of the Jr NTR starrer
The wait is over, says Priya Anand
"The Wait Is Over! #KayamkulamKochunni Is Out In Theaters Today!!! I've Waited To Watch This Film With You Guys! Hope You ❤️ It!," Priya Anand said via Twitter.
S Thaman on Aravindha Sametha
Aravindha Sametha music director S Thaman posted on Twitter, "It’s with u all now :) Happy to c all the fans coming front and supporting the industry. More power to @tarak9999 anna. Love u all without u all we r no one here :) Put our hard and heart to this ♥️ #AravindhaSametha. Is all urs now guys ♥️ Love u all"
Nivin Pauly turns 34
Kayamkulam Kochunni actor Nivin Pauly celebrates his 34th birthday today.
It’s truly been a joy shooting Aravindha Sametha, says Pooja Hegde
Aravindha Sametha actor Pooja Hegde shared on Twitter, "It’s truly been a joy shooting this film..have put in ALL that I could+bucket loads of love..Hope you’ll love Aravindha as much as I do..See you’ll at the theatres...😉❤️#AravindhaSametha"
Here’s the Kerala theatre list for Kayamkulam Kochunni
Aravindha Sametha off to a great start in the US
Film trade analyst Ramesh Bala tweeted, "#AravindhaSametha with $707,698 Premiere Gross in #USA till 7:50 PM PST on Wed Oct 10th crosses #Rangasthalam 's Premiere gross of $706,612.."
Nivin Pauly on Kayamkulam Kochunni
In an interview with IANS, Nivin Pauly said, “Kayamkulam Kochunni was one of the most challenging films. There are lots of action sequences. I had to learn horse riding… something I had never done before. So, a lot of effort and time went into it."