Actor Mohanlal’s Pulimurugan may have completed 75 days at the theatres, but Malayalam film fans seem to not have had enough of the film as yet. The action-adventure movie is now the highest-grossing film in the history of Malayalam industry.
Mohanlal took to Twitter to share a new poster of the film to mark its landmark achievement, which has opened up new possibilities for films from Mollywood.
Pulimurugan, including its Telugu dubbed version, has raked in about Rs 130 crore at the worldwide box office, overtaking the collections of some of the biggest titles of Tamil and Telugu cinema. The Mohanlal-starrer has beaten the collection of Allu Arjun’s Sarrainodu to become the fourth highest grossing south Indian film this year. Mohanlal’s film is just a few crores away from beating the record set by his Telugu blockbuster film Janatha Garage, whose lifetime collection reportedly is pegged at Rs 135 crore. Superstar Rajinikanth’s Kabali holds the first place, followed by Vijay’s Theri.
Pulimurugan has collected Rs 80 crore at the Kerala box office alone. And its Telugu dubbed version has made more than Rs 5 crore from the ticket sales in the Telugu speaking states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The success of its original film, which had also received mostly positive reviews from media and fans, seems to have helped Manyam Puli in drawing the audience to the theatres. Mohanlal is also a well-known movie star in Telugu regions, thanks to his previous blockbuster Telugu film Janatha Garage. Manyam Puli marks the actor’s third release in Telugu this year, including Manamantha, a critically acclaimed film.
Pulimurugan producer Tomichan Mulakupadam of Mulakupadam Films has released the Telugu version in association with Saraswathi Films.
— Mohanlal (@Mohanlal) December 15, 2016
Cashing on the growing popularity of Mohanlal with the Telugu audience, the dubbed version of the actor’s another blockbuster this year, Oppam, titled Kanupapa will open in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on December 30, which also becomes Lalettan’s fourth Telugu release this year.