Shankar'sSivajitakes on a combined fight put up by five Malayalam films in this festival season. Mohanlal'sChota Mumbai, Mammootty'sBig B, Narein'sPanthayakozhi, Dileep'sVinodayatra, and Vinayan'sAthisayanare ready for release.

It is a fight between one big Tamil film and five Malayalam flicks at the box-office during the festival of Vishu. Rajnikanth's mega movie Sivaji is the talk of the town.

A few days before the release, the fans of the actor are busy working out innovative ways to welcome the first print.

They will copy Rajnikanth's style and visit the theatres where the movie will be screened. Industry reports suggest that the film was sold in record figures across the country.

In Kerala alone, the distribution rights of the movie were acquired at a reported rate of Rs.3 crore. So what makes Sivaji so special? Rajnikanth's much-awaited film after the runaway success of his last movie, Chandramukhi, is the undoubted reason for the pre-release hype.

His teaming up with ace director Shankar is the second reason. Shankar is famous for big budget movies like Gentleman.

Shankar's Sivaji takes on a combined fight put up by five Malayalam films in this festival season. Mohanlal's Chota Mumbai, Mammootty's Big B, Narein's Panthayakozhi, Dileep's Vinodayatra, and Vinayan's Athisayan are ready for release.

Chota Mumbai seems to be on the lines of director Anwar Rasheed's debut movie Rajamanikyam. Songs, fight sequences and a pacy narrative are the ingredients of the Mohanlal movie.

Mammootty plays Bilal in Amal Neerad's Big B. Tamil actor Pasupathi is a major highlight of the movie. Amal's debut film is an action-packed product.

Panthayakozhi has no big names but the cast include the promising Narein of Classmates fame. Director M.A. Venu (Chakoram, Kakakarumban) gets the support of actor Lal, who is making Panthayakozhi under the banner of Lal films.

Vinodayatra will test whether the Santhayan Anthikad- Dileep combine will make it big at the box-office. Meera Jasmine and Mukesh play major roles in the movie.

In Athisayan, director Vinayan experiments with modern graphics. Child actor Devadas is the highlight of the movie.

About Rs.10 crore will be at stake, as Malayalam film industry gets ready for the festival of Vishu.

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