Pathemari 1st Day Box Office Collection
The much-awaited Mammootty-Jewel Mary movie “Pathemari”, which hit screens on Friday, 9 October, has opened to excellent response from audience. The film, written and directed by Salim Ahamed, talks about Malayali immigrants in West Asia. The plot of the film revolves around Pallickal Narayanan (Mammootty), who migrated to the Middle-East in the early 1980s, when the Kerala Gulf boom was at its peak. Jewel Mary plays the character of his wife, Nalini. The over-25-lakh-strong Malayali diaspora in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are waiting for the release of “Pathemari”, as the film talks about issues that the migrants face. The combination of Mammootty and Jewel Mary in the lead roles had already been tried and tested in the satirical Onam release, “Utopiayile Rajavu”. In fact, Mammootty had suggested that Jewel Mary be cast in “Utopiayile Rajavu” as he was impressed with her performance in “Pathemari”. The cast also includes Sreenivasan, Balachandra Menon, Joy Mathew, Salim Kumar and Yavanika Gopalakrishnan in key roles. “Ennu Ninte Moideen”, which tells the real life love story of Moideen and Kanchanamala, has reportedly collected nearly Rs 19 crore from the Kerala box office alone, within 18 days of its release. The film is set to become the first solo hit of Prithviraj in his acting career spanning 13 years.
Pathemari Opening Day Performance at Box Office
It is the fourth blockbuster of the year after Mammootty’s “Bhaskar the Raskal” – Rs 18 crore, Nivin Pauly’s “Oru Vadakkan Selfee” – Rs 21crore and “Premam” – Rs 63 crore, according to Box office of Malayalam films. The previous Prithviraj film, which grossed the highest in box office collection, was his 2006 film “Classmates”. The Lal Jose directorial had collected almost Rs 23 crore, breaking many box office records in Malayalam entertainment industry. Meanwhile, Mammootty’s previous film “Utopiayile Rajavu” failed to create a mark at the Kerala box office and collected just Rs 5.50 crore after 15 days of release. One can expect “Pathemari” to garner a few National and State awards for its state-of-the-art technical aspects as most of the crew are National Award winners. The sound design is handled by Resul Pookutty, who had won an Oscar for “Slumdog Millionaire”. And, the cinematography is done by Madhu Ambat, who had received National Award for Best Cinematography in Salim Ahamed’s debut directorial “Adaminte Makan Abu”. “Pathemari” has three songs, which have been composed by National Award-winning music director Bijibal.