In a major move, Abundantia Entertainment, led by Vikram Malhotra, has acquired the rights to the Hindi adaptation of the cult Malayalam hit, ANGAMALY DIARIES.
The 2017 crime drama about gang wars in a small Indian town, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, has a strong connection with the youth as it depicts the madness, mayhem and the methods of a group of people who are trying to come up in life by using every means possible. It's a critique of society in general where the youth are often enamored by rowdy elements and try to emulate them.
The film, which was made at a very low cost of production and marketing delivered a high gross box-office number of Rs. 21.6 crores worldwide. In just Kerala, ANGAMALY DIARIES collected 15.52 crores, making it one of the most successful Malayalam films in recent times - considering it featured 86 debutant actors.
ANGAMALAY DIARIES poster
Antony Varghese, who plays the lead role, Vincent Pepe, took home several awards, which include the Black Lady for Best Male Debut in Malayalam cinema, at South Filmfare Awards 2018, Asiavision Awards 2018 and SIIMA 2018. The actor also took home the Youth Icon Award at the Asianet Film Awards 2018.Since its release, ANGAMALY DIARIES has received Pan-India acceptance, critical acclaim and even made its mark globally - through a premium digital streaming platform.The film has also received high praises from the film fraternity. Actor Mohanlal wrote, \"Happened to watch Angamaly Diaries and I\'m impressed by the way the movie is made. Brilliant acting by everyone and Kudos to the whole team and to Chemban Vinod Jose and Lijo Jose Pellissery.\" Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran lauded it as a \"stunning piece of filmmaking\" and praised its \"original writing\". Actor Nivin Pauly applauded the casting, performances, story calling them \"so refreshing and real\". Director Anurag Kashyap called it \"an extraordinary film\" and tagged Angamaly Diaries as his film of the year so far.