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Mammootty, Mohanlal reign in 2006
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 31 Mammootty and Mohanlal, the two
superstars of the Malayalam film industry, continued their reign
in 2006 with several hits to their name.
While Mammootty had seven releases, Mohanlal had six of the
total 64 films this year. Three of Mohanlal's movies were rated
as the year's best.
But the film that became the biggest hit was "Classmates", which
had neither of the two stars. The movie by Lal Jose revolved
around college life and brought together young actors like
Prithviraj, Jayasurya and Indrajith.
According to box office reports, "Classmates" raked in a record
The leading films of 2006 were: "Classmates", "Rasanthantram", "Keerthichakra",
"Thuruppugulan", "Lion" and "Baba Kalyani".
Mohanlal starred in "Rasanthantram", "Keerthichakra", and "Baba
Kalyani". Mammootty's "Thuruppugulan" and Dileep's "Lion" also
brought in crowds.
Mammootty was appreciated for a wide variety of roles he played,
especially in films like "Karuthapakshikal" and "Palunku".
Critics say his work in "Palunku" could even bring him his
fourth national award.
However, actor Suresh Gopi failed to impress despite seven
releases. Jayaram too did not have any successful projects. But
ace comedian Jagathy Sreekumar led the race with 21 releases.
Among the heroines, Kavya Madhavan was at the top with six
releases, closely followed by Padmapriya with five. Meera
Jasmine, who had a great 2005, lost out this time.