“Prithviraj? He makes my heart skip a beat…” says a girl from Kochi. Another says, “My man should be like Prithviraj”. Yes, the superstar
Prithviraj Sukumaran has once again become the youth icon of Malayalam film lovers. Right from his debut movie Nandanam, he occupies a distinct position in Malayalam film industry. Even though some of his recent attempts were not so popular and damaged his status a bit; Prithviraj is now back with a bang. He is now, the hit-making formula of the Malayalam film industry. The years 2015 and 2016 have proved to be very productive and lucky for him. The six super hit pictures, ‘
Ennu Ninte Moideen’, ‘
Amar Akbar Antony’, ‘
Darvinte Parinamam’ and ‘
James and Alice’ which heralded the artistic excellence of Prithviraj got released in these years. He has played diverse characters in all these films. Romance, politics, comedy and tragedy blends in with each of the characters along with his performing finesse, to make them extraordinary. The sharp contrast between the characters of ‘Ennu Ninte Moideen’ and ‘Amar Akbar Antony’ indeed proves that he can grip an old fashioned and a new generation role without the slightest bit of discord. The sensational triumph of these movies has made Prithviraj the most needed artist in 2016. Here is a list of the top hits of Prithviraj in 2015 and 2016.
1. ‘Ennu Ninte Moideen’
It is a saga of unrequited love. Prithviraj played the role of Moideen, the epitome of real love. The story takes place in the 1960s in the village of Mukkam, Kannur. The sterling acting ability of Prithviraj has taken the film to the heights of emotional superiority. The film, directed by R.S. Vimal collected more than 40 crores all over. Prithviraj has well managed the role of Moideen, a communist leader and at the same time a romantic hero.
If ‘Ennu Ninte Moideen’ is a tragic love story, Anarkali is the tale of a man who goes to any extent to get his love. Shantanu, the hero, played by Prithviraj is on a long quest to find his lover Nadira. Finally he risks his life to get to her. Directed by Sachy, this movie was yet another noted movie of the year 2015. With these two movies, Prithviraj regained his stardom in Malayalam industry.
This motion picture portrays a unique character of Prithviraj. In this film, he plays the role of a drunkard, Pambu Joy. But as the story progresses, the life of joy becomes complicated and we will see Joy as a matured, sensible character. Directed by G. Marthandan, this movie reveals before us another face of Prithviraj as an actor.
4. ‘Amar Akbar Antony’
It is yet another super hit of the year that exposes the comic skills of Prithviraj as an actor. Though there are multiple heroes in the movie, he outshines them all. Directed by Nadirsha, it bagged a large profit and appreciation. It is a proof of the acting talent of Prithviraj as an artist.
5. ‘Darvinte Parinamam’
In this movie, Prithviraj plays the role of a family man. Tormented by the hardships and troubles of life, Anil comes to live in Kochi with his pregnant wife. He plays the hero and villain at the same time.
Jijo Antony, the director, has well weaved the story to suit the character of Prithviraj.
6. ‘James and Alice’
It is the most recent super hit movie of Prithviraj. Romance blended with family life, the problems arising out of it and the unexpected tragedies of life make the film unique and commendable. Sujith Vasudevan is the director of the film and Prithviraj and Vedhika play the lead roles. This picture again upholds the status of Prithviraj as a romantic hero.
It did not make a huge profit but it had the power to reveal the artistic genius of Prithviraj. Prithviraj played the character, Varun Blake, with
Nivin Pauly and Bhavana in prominent roles. The film, directed by Shyamaprasad proceeds through complex relationships and psychological insights.
This is a comedy film directed by Lijo Jose Pallissery. An estimated cost of 16 crores was spent to make the film but it was a commercial failure. In this movie, Prithviraj plays the role of Pancho. Even though the two movies, ‘Ivide’ and ‘Double Barrel’ failed to make success, the effect of ‘Ennu Ninte Moideen’ compensated the loss.
9. ‘Picket 43’
It is a film directed by
Major Ravi. This movie tells the story of an Indian soldier in Kashmir, guarding a picket all alone. He slowly makes a friendship with a Pakistani soldier and the story proceeds with his life events. Prithviraj plays the role of the soldier Hari.
10. ‘Sapthamasree Thaskara’
This is a 2014 hit movie of Prithviraj, directed by
Anil Radhakrishnan Menon. It tells the story of seven thieves including Prithviraj as Krishnanunni. This film was a success and made a commendable profit.