Sometimes we see actors trying to get out their current image in search of box office success. A classic example of this is Mammootty. Earlier in his career he had acted in scores of family sob stories like Sandharbham where he always had Baby Shalini as his daughter (According to Shalini, the pattern is Benz car, briefcase, Shalini and Mammotty).
There is a limit to how many times such patterns can be repeated (actual number is 42), and he was at the end of the road. Then came Joshi’s New Delhi and he never looked back.
Suresh “Ormayundo Ee Mukham” Gopi is facing a similar dilemma. The name Suresh Gopi conjures up images of khakhi clad gun toting Suresh Gopi mouthing dialogues in 3 different languages one after the other killing people instantly with words instead of bullets. A Suresh Gopi movie natually implies yet another Police story.
To break out of this vicious circle, for the upcoming movie Lanka, Suresh Gopi and his team are trying a new stunt (not literally). They leaked information that Suresh Gopi is romantically linked to leading lady of the movie – Mamta Mohandas. She had previously acted as Suresh Gopi’s heroine in Jayaraj’s Atbhutam
We see this as an attempt to get people to theatres. Suresh Gopi and Mamta’s recent interviews were equally provocative.
“My character, a marine captain, is a womaniser. The climax of the movie is simply mind-boggling,” Suresh Gopi says.
Mamta Mohandas claims that she crossed Lakshman Rekha in Lanka
Though she had set down her terms with regard to wearing glamorous clothes, she has had to cross the Lakshman Rekha in the movie, “because the role demanded it. I have done justice to the role and I know I will have to answer a lot of questions when the movie is released,” Mamata says.
And final gem from Director A.K.Sajan:
A smooch scene has been included in the movie, says Sajan.
This kind of publicity might bring in lot of initial crowd, but the family audience might stay away from this, as we know Malayalee families don’t like to see skin in Malayalam movies. It is not just Mamta Mohandas who is exposing in the movie. Suresh Gopi is seen in the visuals displaying his torso.
The geniuses behind this ploy must be calculating that such news leaks would get public into theatre initially and after that movie would run own its own steam. What if this ploy back fires? What if Lanka is bad movie? We don’t think that public would flock into theathres just to see middle aged, over the hill Suresh Gopi kissing a 20 something Mamta.