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It’s Not Even June Yet, But Malayalam Cinema Has Already Crossed 1000 Crores At The Box Office In 2024!

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The Malayalam film industry, fondly called Mollywood, has always been known for its captivating narratives and stellar content. But 2024 has been a truly remarkable year, etching a golden milestone in its history. For the first time ever, Malayalam films have collectively crossed the coveted 1000 crore mark at the worldwide box office within the first half of the year!

This achievement signifies a phenomenal rise for Mollywood, surpassing even established giants like Tollywood and Kollywood in terms of growth. Here, we will look at the factors that have contributed to this excellent feat.

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Content is always king!

Analysts and critics attribute this success to a potent combination of factors. Mollywood has consistently delivered powerful storytelling that resonates with audiences across cultures. Themes that explore social issues, delve into human emotions, and celebrate the beauty of Kerala’s landscapes continue to find a strong connection with viewers.

However, they were not widely enjoyed or palatable because how ‘content packaging’ as a concept was nonexistent before the advent of OTT platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. In order to cater to a wider audience, it was OTT platforms that started the trend of dubbing movies into multiple regional languages and making available subtitles in multiple languages. It can be argued that multiplexes started doing the same as a practice only after this.

Blockbusters rule the roost

2024 saw a string of critically acclaimed and commercially successful films. The real-life-inspired survival thriller, Manjummel Boys, emerged as the year’s biggest grosser, raking in a whopping 241 crores worldwide. Aadujeevitham, a story of resilience set against the backdrop of the Middle East, and Aavesham, a comedy-action drama, followed closely behind, contributing significantly to the box office bonanza by making 160 and 155 crores respectively. Romantic comedy, Premalu, also captured hearts by earning a staggering 128.55 crores, proving that Mollywood caters to diverse tastes.

Global recognition – Beyond Bollywood

This phenomenal success story hasn’t gone unnoticed. Acclaimed actors like Prithviraj Sukumaran and Fahadh Faasil are gaining recognition beyond Indian borders. Festival screenings and distribution deals in overseas markets are further propelling Mollywood’s global reach. Recently, actresses Kani Kusruti and Divya Prabha were part of the team that won the prestigious Grand Prix at Cannes. The world is finally learning that Indian cinema is not restricted to Bollywood or Hindi films alone.

Looking at a bright future

While celebrating this achievement, industry experts are also looking towards a sustainable future. Encouraging investments in infrastructure, nurturing new talent, and exploring co-productions with international studios are all potential areas of growth.

With 6 months remaining in the year, there are multiple movies lined up that may end up doing equal or more business than the aforementioned films. They include big-budget productions like Mohanlal-Prithviraj Sukumaran’s Barroz, and L2:Empuraan, medium-budget ones like Little Hearts, starring Shane Nigam and Mahima Nambiar, along with multiple smaller productions that will rely on content to do well.

One thing is certain: Malayalam cinema is on a roll. With its captivating stories, stellar performances, and unwavering focus on quality content, Mollywood is poised to continue its meteoric rise, enchanting audiences worldwide!

Also read: Thalapathy Vijay, Rajinikanth & Ajith Kumar’s Rumored Salaries For Their Upcoming Films Revealed

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