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‘Never thought Majummel Boys would mint Rs. 200 crore’

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Ahead of the Majummel Boys release in Telugu, director Chidambaram S. Poduval talks about the film and much more.
The first Malayalam movie to earn more than Rs 200 crore at the box office is Manjummel Boys. It’s a survival thriller that masterfully tells the story of friendship in the middle of chaos in life. It was inspired by true events. The main cast of the Chidambaram S. Poduval-directed movie includes Sobin Shahir, Ganapathi, Khalid Rahman, and Sreenath Bhasi. Mythri Movie Makers is currently releasing it in Telugu-speaking areas on April 6. This is the second film by the director, and he didn’t expect that his second film itself would become a major box office hit.
Ahead of the film’s release, we have its director, Chidambaram S. Poduval, talk about the film and much more.
“After my first film, I learned about what happened to some friends from Kerala who went to ‘Guna Caves’. Their stories and friendship excited me, and immediately after that, I started working on the story. I have met the Manjummel Boys who shared their life experiences, and when I told them that I wanted to make a film out of this, they happily agreed, as this is something that needs to be told to the people,” expressed the director, who did not even expect that the film would collect Rs 200 crore.
He also concluded that writing stories about real-life incidents is a tough process, and making this journey was quite a process for them. He also revealed that a large portion of the movie was filmed in actual locales. “Almost all the scenes that needed authenticity, like the road trip and cave scenes, were shot in real locations,” he said. In order to film sequences within the cave, we constructed sets. About four months were needed for the set work. It was not too difficult to shoot. While filming, we roamed and played in actual places, just like a family. He went on, “One of Kerala’s top cinematographers is Shaheer Khaleel. He has directed several stunning films. We are fortunate that he contributed to our movie. Sushin Shyam hardly ever listened to techno music. What we needed for a survival thriller, he provided.”
“Mythri Movie Makers is equally popular in Malayalam,” he went on. They produced the popular film Pushpa. I’ve had a conversation with Mythri Ravi. The fact that our movie will be released under their auspices makes me very pleased and proud. Our movie received a lot of support. Nothing more could have been asked for. We watch a lot of Telugu films in Kerala,” he said when asked what he expects from the Telugu audience. “Keralites adore Telugu cinema. Kerala is home to a sizable fan base of Allu Arjun. It is my hope that the enthusiasm Manjummel Boys brought to Malayalam will also be felt in Telugu. I’m sure Telugu viewers would find the movie entertaining,” he further mentioned.
“There are a lot of Telugu heroes that I respect. There’s Chiranjeevi, Balayya, Allu Arjun, Mahesh Babu, NTR, and Ram Charan. There are different actors. I’m excited to work with all of them,” he concluded, also clarifying that he has not thought anything about his upcoming film.
In the meantime, the Telugu teaser, which was released by the makers on Sunday, is captivating from the outset. When a group of friends visit the Guna Caves in Kodaikanal, one of them gets into danger. In the film, several people come to his rescue. The teaser suggests that the friendship between the pals will be the main motivating force in the movie. The background music, set design, and graphics are all excellent. The Telugu dubbing in particular is fairly good, and it appears that the team took great care to preserve the core of the picture in the dubbing.
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