In his most recent movie Rajamanikyam, Mammotty is seen wearing a green color shirt and yellow mundu and dancing with a bunch of people. He even attempts comedy in the movie.
Previous attempts by directors like Sathyan Anthikkad and Priyadarshan to make Mammotty do comedy have failed successfully. Since he walks with a stiff gait, his dancing is as elegant as let’s say Dileep trying to act as a man. But in the film Rajamanikyam everything seems to have clicked. The film is a big hit and it is attracting young audience.
Mammootty’s film ‘Rajamanickam’ did much better than Mohanlal’s ‘Naran’. The former fetched Rs.3.34 crores in three weeks whereas that of the latter is only Rs.2.70 crores. More importantly, the popularity of ‘Rajamanickam’ has penetrated to Mohanlal’s base like Tiruvananthapuram, Attingal, Kollam, Kottayam and Ernakulam.
‘Rajamanickam’ has an advantage over ‘Naran’, as it is short and could be screened up to 6 shows. People in Malabar region flocked to watch it on Ramzan. In fact, it did better than ‘Naran’ even in Mohanlal bases. This is indeed a real threat to the superstar [Mammootty shakes Mohanlal’s empire]
Does this mean that it is a threat to Mohanlal as the article asserts? We think that it is silly to make such assumptions based on the results of a single movie. There have been times when Mohanlal had a series of hit films and Mammotty had flops. It happens and there is no need to make a big deal about it.