To understand which star is high and which star is low, we have to understand how Malayalam cinema is financed. There are producers of course. But a lot of movies are produced by theater owners also. The producers then regain their money from distributors and also from various TV channels. Thus if TV Channels are willing to pay humongous amounts of money for a particular stars movie, then it means that there is something to it. Something no one wants to acknowledge. Especially if that star is Prithviraj.
So it is interesting to see that Prithviraj’s unreleased movie B. Unnikrishnan’s Thriller has been sold for Rs. 1.45 crore. Mammotty and Mohanlal movies are sold for Rs 1.5 crore – Rs. 2 crore range. So in the pecking order, Prithviraj has gone way up. We don’t know where that leaves Dileep, may be we increase the number of super stars to 4.
On the other hand, Prithvi seems to be taking shortcut to superstardom. He’s going to act in a large number of remakes – most of them classics from yesteryears. Commissioner’s sequel, Naduvazhikal’s sequel, Thrishna, Season etc are some of the movies being remade with Prithvi in the lead. To the current superstar’s credit, they didn’t reach wherever they are by acting in remakes and sequels to classics of past.
PS: Even IndiaGlitz agrees with us. Glad to be of help.