Twenty:20 is a 2008 Indian Malayalam-language action thriller film written by Udayakrishna and Siby K. Thomas and directed by Joshiy. The film stars Mohanlal, Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Jayaram and Dileep and was produced and distributed by actor Dileep through Graand Production and Manjunatha Release. The film was produced on behalf of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) as a fundraiser to financially support actors who are struggling in the Malayalam film industry. All the actors in AMMA worked without payment in order to raise funds for their welfare schemes. The film features an ensemble cast, which includes almost all artists in AMMA. The music was composed by Berny-Ignatius and Suresh Peters.
Official theatrical poster
Siby K. Thomas
|Music by||Suresh Peters|
|Edited by||Ranjan Abraham|
|Distributed by||Manjunatha Release|
|Budget||₹7 crore (US$980,000)|
|Box office||est. ₹32.6 crore (US$4.6 million)|
The first two-week distributors share of the film stood at ₹5.72 crore (US$800,000). 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 ₹32.6 crore (US$4.6 million) in its total run. It was the highest-grossing film in Malayalam cinema until 2013.
Retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Viswanathan Menon and his wife come home to celebrate Vishu with his children and grandchildren, and hopes to spend the remainder of his life in tranquility. The big joint family arrives and prepares to celebrate through the weekend, but plans go awry when Menon's grandson Arun Kumar, a medical student in Bangalore, is accused of murdering a fellow student.
The Superintendent of Police, Antony Punnekkadan, who has a grudge against Menon's children, attempts to take Arun into custody. Arun goes into hiding, but Antony finds him and seizes him from the hideout. The Menon family hires ace criminal lawyer Ramesh Nambiar, who bails Arun out of jail. Vinod Bhaskar, a doctor and Professor of Medicine, wants to testify against Arun but is kidnapped by Karinkal Pappachan, a thug hired by Menon's children.
Arun gets murdered and Superintendent Punnekkadan arrests Devan, a poor trader who happened to be at the scene. Devan's sister and his mother tells Ramesh that Devan is innocent and that he is being framed by Punnekkadan. Ramesh takes the case, proves Devan's innocence in court, and Devan is released. Minutes after the release, Ramesh encounters Devan, who introduces himself as Devaraja Prathapa Varma, a crime boss. It is revealed that Devaraja and his assistants deceived Ramesh into believing that Devaraja was innocent. Devaraja reveals that he is the real killer and that he tricked Ramesh as retribution for saving Arun. Devaraja plans to avenge the brutal murders of his brother Karthik Varma, who was killed by Arun and his cousins Mahindran and Ganeshan.
This triggers a feud between Devaraja and Ramesh. When Devaraja tries to kill the last two relatives involved in the crime, Ramesh sets a trap. Devaraja escapes but is eventually arrested by Superintendent Punnekkadan. Ramesh learns the truth about the murder at the Bangalore Medical College from Vinod Bhaskher, who is a teacher there and close friend of Devaraja's. Ramesh's sister Ashwathy is a student at the Bangalore medical college when she witnesses Arun killing a girl at the school. Arun, along with his two relatives Mahindran and Ganeshan, apprehend Ashwathy, inject her with morphine and Arun rapes her. Aswathy's boyfriend Karthik attempts to save her but he is killed and Aswathy falls into coma.
When Ramesh finds out Devaraja was actually trying to kill the criminals who defiled his sister, he is full of remorse. He remembers when Devaraja warned him that he would regret knowing the truth. Devaraja escapes from police custody with the help of a police officer and he kills Ganeshan. Then Ramesh kills Mahindran and Superintendent Antony kills Arun's father Madhavan. The case is abandoned when the Superintendent lets them walk free, knowing that otherwise they would escape anyway.
- Mohanlal as Devaraja Prathapa Varma, Eldest brother of Karthik Varma
- Mammootty as Adv. Ramesh Nambiar, Eldest brother of Ashwathy Nambiar
- Suresh Gopi as Antony Punnekkadan I.P.S
- Jayaram as Dr. Vinod Bhaskar
- Dileep as Karthik Varma
- Bhavana as Ashwathy Nambiar
- Indrajith Sukumaran as Arun Kumar
- Karthika Mathew as Alice, wife of Antony Punnekkadan
- Mukesh as C.I Jayachandran Nair
- Sreenivasan as Constable Kunjappan
- Madhu as Rtd. Justice Vishwanatha Menon
- Siddique as Madhava Menon
- Manoj K. Jayan as Mahindran
- Shammi Thilakan as Ganeshan
- Vijayaraghavan as Balan Menon
- Kalabhavan Mani as Pappachan, Kidnapper
- Suraj Venjaramood as Gumasthan Ramu
- Babu Antony as Vikram Bhai
- Gopika as Devi
- Jagathy Sreekumar as Sankarettan
- Madhu Warrier as Assistant of Devan
- Edavela Babu as Josuttan
- Baiju as Assistant of Devan
- Anil Murali as Assistant of Devan
- Kavya Madhavan as Ancy
- Lal as Adv. Radhakrishnan
- Janardanan as Ramakrishnapilla
- Innocent as Kuttikrishnan
- Lalu Alex as D I G Krishnadas
- Bijukuttan as Ottu Murali
- Harisree Ashokan as Poottu Varkey
- Salim Kumar as SP Indhuchoodan
- Cochin Haneefa as Peruchazhi Vasu
- Maniyanpilla Raju as SI Gopi
- Indrans as Govindan
- Jagadish as Police Constable Nakulan
- Saikumar as Minister Mathai
- T. P. Madhavan as Francis
- Biju Menon as ASP Jacob Eerali
- Kaviyoor Ponnamma as Bharathi Amma
- Sindhu Menon as Padmini
- Radhika as Radhika, Ashwathy's Friend
- Jyothirmayi as Jyothi
- Kalpana as Para Mary
- Usha as Latha
- Sukumari as Leelamma
- Mamukkoya as Khadar
- Baburaj as Stephen
- Madhupal as Shekharankutty
- Mala Aravindan as Kurup
- Guinness Pakru A worker in the tea shop
- Babu Namboothiri as Justice Kaimal
- Nayantara in a special appearance in a song
- Prithviraj Sukumaran in a special appearance in a song
- Jayasurya in a special appearance in a song
- Kunchacko Boban in a special appearance in a song
- Manikkuttan in a special appearance in a song
Production and distribution
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 on 5 November 2008.
Indian film review website Sify.com described the ensemble cast as the "Mother of all multi-starrers". The site called the film a "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". It also received the Asianet Film Award for Best Film.
Twenty20 released in 115 theatres and grossed more than ₹1 crore (US$140,000) in the opening day which was highest at that time, The first week distributors share of the film stood at ₹30.3 million (US$420,000), making it the first 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. It completed 100 days in 10 centres, and got a distribution share of about ₹10.5 crore (US$1.5 million) from Kerala alone. The film collected ₹32.6 crore (US$4.6 million) in its total run. It was the highest-grossing film in the history of Malayalam cinema for a period of five years until the movie Drishyam crossed the record set by Twenty:20 in 2014.
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The audio launch of the film was held in a function at Mohanlal's own Hotel Travancore Court, Eranakulam. AMMA president and actor Innocent released the audio CD by handing it over to actress Manju Warrier, who was 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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