Mammootty starrer Gangster, directed by Aashiq Abu, just came out on Friday the 11th and has been doing phenomenal business so far, in spite of mixed reviews from the critics. The movie’s promotional tactics, which involved a royalty free song release, an animated teaser trailer and an android game, seems to have paid off as the theatres are packed and the movie is bringing in record breaking collections.
The first day, according to the Megastar’s fan community, brought in roughly Rs. 6.2 crores and the second day, again, more than half that.
The satellite rights have sold for Rs. 5 crores and overseas and other state release rights have sold for Rs. 3 crores and Rs. 1 crore respectively.
But no – Aashiq Abu’s mega flick wasn’t done with the big bucks – video rights went for Rs. 2.8 crores and now comes the rumour that Aamir bagged the Bollywood remake rights for, that’s right, for another Rs. 5 crores!
Whatever the truth maybe, it’s safe to say that Gangster might wind up one of the year’s biggest hits without breaking a sweat. With Mohanlal’s Mr. Fraud in the finishing stages of production and Prithviraj’s 7th Day out already, the year seems tailor made for big budget action/suspense thrillers.
‘Different looks in one movie’ is also starting to be a running theme this year with Mr. Fraud claiming the caption ‘One man, Many faces’ and Prithviraj sporting a mature look in 7th Day as a 42 year old policeman.
Mammootty appears in five distinct looks in Gangster as Akbar Ali Khan – the deadly underworld don on an unforgiving quest for vengeance against those that murdered his wife.