Official theatrical poster
Siby K. Thomas
|Music by||Suresh Peters
|Editing by||Ranjan Abraham|
|Distributed by||Manjunatha Release|
|Running time||165 minutes|
|Budget||70 million (US$1.1 million)|
|Box office||326 million (US$5.2 million)|
Twenty:20 is a 2008 Malayalam action thriller film written by Udayakrishna and Siby K. Thomas, produced by Dileep, and directed by Joshi. The film features an ensemble cast; which Sify called the "mother of all multi-starrers". The actors worked without pay in order to raise funds for the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) in order to financially help the struggling actors in the industry. The film's music is composed by Berny-Ignatius and Suresh Peters.
The first two-week distributors share of the film stood at 57.2 million. The film managed to secure third position (with 7 prints, 4 in Chennai) in Tamil Nadu's box office in its opening week. The total number of opening prints releasing inside Kerala was 117; outside Kerala, approximately 25 prints were released on 21 November 2008, including 4 prints in the USA and 11 prints in the UAE. The film collected 326 million (US$5.2 million).
When Arun Kumar (Indrajith Sukumaran) murders a girl at Bangalore Medical College, advocate Ramesh Nambiar's (Mammootty) sister Aswathy Nambiar (Bhavana) witnesses the murder. Arun, along with his two relatives Mahindran and Ganeshan (Manoj K. Jayan and Shammi Thilakan, respectively), injects morphine in Ashwathy's body and Arun rapes her. Karthik Aswathy's lover attempts to save Ashwathy but he is killed and she falls into a coma. Antony Punnekkadan IPS (Suresh Gopi) a police officer is in charge of the case and he arrests Arun. However, Arun is saved from the case by advocate Ramesh Nambiar, who is unaware that Arun is behind his sister's ill fate. This incident enrages Devaraja Pratapa Varma (Mohanlal), and he himself seeks revenge on his brother's killers and kills Arun. But Antony witnesses this and arrests Devaraja. Devaraja and his assistants play a drama and trick Ramesh into believing that Devaraja is innocent. Ramesh, with his excellence in the court, saves Devaraja from the case. Afterward, Devaraja reveals to Ramesh that he is the real killer and that he had played a trick on Ramesh as vengeance for saving Arun. This triggers a feud between Devaraja and Ramesh. When Devaraja tries to kill the remaining two relatives who were involved in the crime, Ramesh traps him and he is eventually arrested by Antony. After that Ramesh comes to know about what really happened to his sister through Vinod Bhaskher (Jayaram), her teacher. Devaraja escapes from police custody and, in the climax, he kills Ganesh and joins with Ramesh to kill Mahindran. Finally, Arun's father Madhavan (Siddique) is killed by Antony.
|Mohanlal||Devaraja Prathapa Varma||Mammootty||Advocate Ramesh Nambiar|
|Dileep||Karthik Varma||Indrajith||Arun Kumar|
|Mukesh||CI Jayachandran Nair||Sreenivasan||Constable Kunjappan|
|Madhu||Rtd Justice Vishwanatha Menon|
|Manoj K. Jayan||Mahindran||Kalabhavan Mani||Pappachan|
|Vijayakumar||Lawyer||Suraj Venjaramood||Gumasthan Ramu|
|Babu Antony||Vikram Bhai||Jagathy Sreekumar||Sankarettan|
|Edavela Babu||Josuttan||Baiju||Assistant of Devaraja|
|Suresh Gopi||Antony Punnekkadan I.P.S||Jayaram||Dr.Vinod Bhaskar|
|Innocent||Kuttikrishnan||Lalu Alex||D I G Krishnadas|
|Bijukuttan||Ottu Murali||Harisree Ashokan||Poottu Varkey|
|Salim Kumar||SP Indhuchoodan||Cochin Haneefa||Peruchazhi Vasu|
|Maniyanpilla Raju||SI Gopi||Indrans||Govindan|
|Jagadish||Police Constable Nakulan||Siddique||Madhavan|
|Saikumar||Minister Mathai||T. P. Madhavan||Francis|
|Biju Menon||ASP Jacob Eerali||Mamukkoya||Khadar|
|Mala Aravindan||Kurup||Ajay Kumar||A worker in the tea shop|
|Babu Namboothiri||Justice Kaimal||Kavya Madhavan||Ancy|
|Kaviyoor Ponnamma||Bharathi Amma||Sukumari||Leelamma|
|Prithviraj||Special appearance in a song||Jayasurya||Special appearance in a song|
|Kunchacko Boban||Special appearance in a song|
|Manikkuttan||Special appearance in a song||Nayantara||Special appearance in a song|
Twenty:20 was made as a fundraiser for the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA). The script was written by Uday Krishna and Sibi K Thomas. As a producer, Dileep was the main investor in the project and he bought the rights of the film for 40 million. He officially handed over the money to AMMA a year before. The film shooting officially started at a ceremony held in Hotel White Fort, Kochi, with Dileep handing over the advance to Joshi. The filming was primarily held in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. A song sequence in the film was shot in Mauritius. The shooting of the film started on 7 December 2007 and finished in October 2008.
Meera Jasmine, who was slated to act in the film opposite Dileep, dropped out citing shortage of dates. There were reports that the AMMA was planning a ban on her regarding the issue. However, no ban was pronounced and Meera Jasmine was replaced with Bhavana.
The High Court of Kerala issued a stay preventing the government's planned action of allowing a 50% premium to be charged for tickets in a case where the plaintiff argued that the state only had the right to offer tax breaks on the making of films.
Twenty:20 was released in 117 centres on 5 November 2008.
Sify.com gave its verdict as "rocking" and called the film "stylish, racy and never a dull moment super entertainer." The reviewer went on to write that the film "is a winner all the way" and that "it is a blockbuster in the making and is refreshingly fresh, innovative entertaining and highly recommended". Rediff.com rated the film 3/5, calling it "surprisingly good" and gave credit to the director Joshi for "designing a miracle".
The first week distributors share of the film stood at Rs. 30.3 million, making it the second highest grossing Malayalam film in the opening week. Twenty:20 opened at the external market on 21 November 2008 with approximately 25 prints, including 4 prints in the USA, 11 prints in the UAE, and 7 prints in Tamil Nadu.
|Soundtrack album by Suresh Peters and Berny-Ignatius|
The audio launch of the film was held in a function at Hotel Travancore Court, Eranakulam. AMMA president and actor Innocent released the audio CD by handing it over to actress Manju Warrier, who is the wife of actor Dileep, the producer of the film. The music rights of the film were reportedly purchased for a record price by Manorama music. The music CD pack carries a bonus VCD of the video film The Making of Twenty:20. There are three songs in the album, one by composer Berny-Ignatius ("Sa re ga ma pa") and others by Suresh Peters.
|"Oh Priya"||Shankar Mahadevan, Jyotsna Radhakrishnan||Suresh Peters||Picturised on Dileep, Bhavana|
|"He Dil Deewana"||George Peter, Suresh Peters, Sunitha Sarathy||Suresh Peters||Picturised on Nayantara, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Jayasurya, Kunchacko Boban, Manikkuttan and Indrajith Sukumaran.|
|"Sa Ri Ga Ma Pa"||Dr. K. J. Yesudas, Madhu Balakrishnan, Afsal, Franco, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Jassie Gift, K. S. Chithra, Sujatha Mohan, Jyotsna Radhakrishnan, Rimi Tomy, Anitha||Berny-Ignatius||Title song. (Tribute to yesteryear actors)|
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