It's that time of the week when we take a look at the upcoming films releasing on Friday. On that note, any self-respecting film-buff will make it a point to find out which South films are making their way into theatres along with their Bollywood and Hollywood counterparts. So, for those with a keen interest in South cinema, well...we've got some exciting news for y'all. Two eagerly awaited South releases one each from Malayalam and Telugu cinema opening in theaters. On one hand you have one of the biggest stars and finest actors of Indian cinema, Mammootty, arriving with his one of the year's most anticipated film, Mamangam, while at the other end of the spectrum, there's an interesting Tollywood masala entertainer, Venky Mama, starring Venkatesh Daggubati and
Naga Chaitanya. So, what are the drawing points of these films, which merit a trip to the theatre. Let's find out:
Mamangam (Malayalam) Director: M. Padmakumar
Cast: Mammootty, Unni Mukundan, Tarun Arora, Siddique, Prachi Tehlan, Anu Sithara, Kaniha, Iniya, Achuthan VIDEO
Synopsis: Mamangam is based on the legendary Mamankam festival held in the 18th century on the banks of Bharathapuzha in Tirunavaya, where soldiers used to gather from all parts to wager battle. In this scenario, Chaver Thalavan, played by Mammootty, plots to overthrow the Zamorin rulers. (Also Watch: Mamangam's Lullaby Song)
Reasons to Watch: Mammootty — isn't that reason enough? If not, then how about the film looking like the superstar's best in years, not to mention the most expensive film to come out of Mollywood and a potential big-screen spectacle. Plus Director Padmakumar has a respectable track record with films like Vaasthavam, Shikkar, Jalam and Joseph.
Venky Mama (Telugu)
Director: K. S. Ravindra
Cast: Venkatesh Daggubati, Naga Chaitanya, Raashi Khanna, Payal Rajput, Prakash Raj, Parag Tyagi, Nassar VIDEO
Synopsis: Venkatesh and Chaitanya seem to have a history with the Indian Army, which disrupts the quaint village life they're currently leading.
Reasons to Watch: Venky Mama looks like a full-blown masala entertainer, filled with action, comedy, romance and thrills. The trailer is no doubt far more energetic that several other masala ventures of late, but what appears to separate it from others of its ilk though is the army angle and the underlying mystery to the plot, giving it a fresh feel. Plus, Victory Venkatesh and Chay together promises a treat on any day.
So, which of these two will be your South pick this week? Tweet and let us know @bollywood_life
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