With many recent Malayalam movies getting positive reviews, Mollywood industry has been doing well at the worldwide box office compared to previous years.
Dileep and Mamta Mohandas’ comedy entertainer “Two Countries” is the latest Malayalam movie to enter the Rs 50 crore club at the worldwide box office, joining the league of Mohanlal’s “Drishyam,” multi-starrer “Bangalore Days,” Nivin Pauly’s “Premam” and Prithviraj Sukumaran’s “Ennu Ninte Moideen.” Actor Aju Varghese, who has a pivotal role in “Two Countries”, announced the news of the movie entering the elite club through his Facebook page.
The movie is estimated to have collected a gross amount of Rs 31.54 crore [Net – Rs 24.98 crore] after 44 days of its run from Kerala alone. The Dileep starrer is still running successfully in more than 60 theatres in the south Indian state.
The Shafi directorial, released on Dec. 25 in Kerala, began screening outside Kerala from Jan. 22 and had a huge release in 63 screens in the U.K. from Jan. 29. The movie narrates the story of Ullas (Dileep), who gets married to an alcoholic Laya (Mamta), settled in Canada. Various incidents that happen in their life after Ullas reaches Canada form the crux of “Two Countries”, scripted by Rafi.
Meanwhile, the worldwide box office collection of Dulquer Salmaan’s “Charlie”, released one day before “Two Countries” has been inching towards Rs 40 crore. The Martin Prakkat directorial has also been garnering good response from the movie-goers. It has to be noted that Jeethu Joseph’s directorial venture “Drishyam” was the first Malayalam movie to enter the elite Rs 50 crore club and the film is estimated to have collected more than Rs 75 crore at the worldwide box office.
However, with Alphonse Puthren’s “Premam” still running successfully at the Chennai box office, the movie’s collection is expected to break the records of the Mohanlal starrer. If “Two Countries” break the collection records of “Premam” and “Drishyam” is something we need to wait and watch in the coming weeks.