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The veteran director talked about his love for the Malayalam movies in an interview with a Malayalam TV channel.

Director Shankar is basking in the glory of the grand success of his latest release 2.0. Starring Rajinikanth and Amy Jackson as the lead pair, this film has Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar as the baddie. 2.0 is having a dream run at the box office with the collections soaring.

In an interview with a Malayalam TV channel, the veteran director was asked about Malayalam movies and that is when he disclosed his love for them. The director revealed that Premam and Angamaly Diaries are his favourite films. Incidentally, Premam’s director Alphonse Puthren had met Shankar during the post production of 2.0 and had proclaimed himself to be a fan of the latter. Alphonse revealed that he would watch every film of the director, first day first day. He recalled how when Shankar’s debut movie Gentleman hit the marquee, his father took him for the first day first show and since then he has been watching every one of his movies first day first show. The only one that he had missed out was the movie I as he was busy with his own directorial venture, Alphonse had said. Looks like the admiration these two filmmakers have for each other is mutual.

Premam is a romantic comedy written and directed by Alphonse Puthren, which released in 2015. The film, one of the biggest Malayalam hits of recent times, starred Nivin Pauly, Anupama Parameswaran, Madonna Sebastian, Sai Pallavi and Krishna Shanker in the star cast. Made on a budget of Rs 4 crore, it had collected Rs 60 crore at the box office.

Angamaly Diaries is a 2017 crime drama film directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery and written by Chemban Vinod Jose. The film starred a bevy of newbies such as Antony Varghese, Anna Rajan, Kichu Tellus, Ullas Jose Chemban, Sinoj Varghese, Appani Sarath, Vineeth Vishwam, Athul Krishna, Bitto Davis and Tito Wilson.

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