* SonyLiv announces the release date of 2018, a Malayalam blockbuster.
* Tovino Thomas, Kunchacko Boban, and Aparna Balamurali play the leads in the movie.
* Apart from Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi language audio has been announced by the streaming giant.
It is time for the Malayalam movie aficionados on OTT to rejoice. We are here to bring you big news from Mollywood. Beginning on June 7, “2018,” the all-time biggest blockbuster in Malayalam cinema, will be streamable on SonyLIV.
Despite the film’s box office success, the streaming service has decided to release it. Even if the OTT release is fantastic news for individuals who can’t watch the movie on a big screen, fans of 2018 are somewhat dissatisfied with it.
They are dissatisfied with the decision, as they feel, the movie still has the potential to become a mega-blockbuster of all time in the Malayalam film industry.
When and Where to Watch 2018?
SonyLiv has announced that it will be streaming the Malyali blockbuster movie on its platform from June 7th. Viewers will need a subscription to the streaming giant’s services to watch the movie.
|Movie/ Show Name||OTT Platform||Release Date||Language|
|2018||SonyLiv||June 7||Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi|
SonyLIV on Monday confirmed the digital premiere of Malayalam cinema’s biggest blockbuster yet, 2018 . The movie, starring Tovino Thomas, will become available for streaming on the platform on June 7, just over a month after its initial release in cinemas.
2018 had a quiet theatrical release on May 5. The movie was released across the country on a limited number of screens as if the filmmakers never had a clue about the movie’s box office potential.
The movie soon started garnering positive reviews and terrific word of mouth ensured the movie’s massive success at the box office against all odds.
2018 has already become the highest-earning Malayalam movie globally with a whopping Rs 160 crore in global ticket sales. To cash in on the momentum, the filmmakers also released the movie last week in multiple languages across the country.
However, the film’s box office potential may not be fully realized due to contractual obligations with the streaming platform. Reports suggest that the producers had initially considered postponing the digital release of the film to a later date.
In response, the streaming platform expressed willingness to negotiate the terms but requested a re-evaluation of the selling price. Apparently, the producers were not willing to compromise on the previously agreed-upon price and opted to proceed with the early release date.
The producers clearly underestimated the potential of 2018, inspired by the real-life events in Kerala. The movie is on a record-setting spree since its release.
It has already raked in over Rs 80 crore in Kerala alone. If the movie continues its bullish run it could also become the first movie to cross the Rs 100 mark at the Kerala box office.
The all-time biggest blockbuster of Malayalam cinema, 2018 will be available to stream on SonyLIV from June 7. Even as the film is doing well in theatres, the streaming platform has decided to release it.
Though it is happy news for people who are not able to catch the movie on the big screen, fans of 2018 are a bit disappointed with the OTT release.
On Reddit, a user wrote, “Very disappointed, it’s too soon and should’ve been postponed…I had a big wish that the movie could’ve got a final maximum gross of 100 crore, from Kerala. At this rate, the maximum gross will be 90 crores.”
Another wrote, “Why so fast? BO is still strong! Also, they just released in other languages. At least give it time to catch up with word of mouth or something. Now all will be waiting for OTT!”
Directed by Jude Anthany Joseph, the film is based on the 2018 Kerala floods that led to the loss of lives and a huge loss of property. It is currently the biggest hit in the history of Malayalam cinema earning more than Rs 160 crore from across the world.
Talking about the OTT release of 2018, Joseph said, “2018: Everyone is a Hero is a homage to the collective experience of the people of Kerala during the 2018 floods and to be able to bring it to the screen and see the kind of love it has been receiving has been a truly fulfilling experience. Through this film, we aimed to commemorate the heroism and courage shown by every individual during the catastrophe. With the film now set to stream on SonyLIV, more and more people get to witness our story and the extraordinary spirit of humanity that helped the state triumph.”
The film stars Tovino Thomas, Kunchako Boban, Asif Ali, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Aparna Balamurali, Kalaiyarasan, Indrans, Sudheesh, Aju Varghese, Thanvi Ram, and Gauthami Nair.
2018 Official Trailer and Plot
SonyLiv released the trailer of the movie just a day ago and it has got 549,587 views till now and showing the anticipation of the movie among the audience. The 2018 floods that ravaged areas of Kerala serve as the backdrop for the movie, which centers on tales of humanity overcoming hardship.
It is the second Tovino project, following the superhero film “Minnal Murali” from 2021, to garner widespread notice and acclaim from the public. Tovino Thomas portrays a young guy who, using a false medical certificate, escapes the Indian Army and finds redemption during the floods.
The movie stars Tovino Thomas, Kunchacko Boban, Narain, Asif Ali, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Aparna Balamurali, Kalaiyarasan, Lal, Indrans, Aju Varghese, Shebin Benson, Tanvi Ram, Shivada, and Gauthami Nair in prominent roles.
The movie is directed and written by Jude Anthany Joseph along with P. Dharmajan. Akhil George handled the camera for the movie and the music was composed by Nobin Paul. The movie is produced by Anto Joseph, C. K. Padma Kumar, and Venu Kunnappilly under the banner Kavya Film Company and P.K. Prime Production.
The movie, which Jude Anthany Joseph directed, has made Rs 100 crore worldwide thanks to a strong box office performance. With this, it became the first Malayalam movie to enter the 100-crore club within the first few days.
Producers of the movie also shared a poster to announce this feat. IMDb gave the film a ranking of 8.8, which shows the love the movie has got from the audience. So, mark your calendar to watch the movie, and do tell us what you feel about the story.
Why are fans disappointed with the release date of 2018?
The fans of Tovino Thomas are disappointed with movie’s early release on OTT. According to a report in Indian Express, a Reddit user said, “Very disappointed, it’s too soon and should’ve been postponed…I had a big wish that the movie could’ve got a final maximum gross of 100 crore, from Kerala. At this rate, the maximum gross will be 90 crores,” another one also wrote, “Why so fast? BO is still strong! Also, they just released in other languages. At least give it time to catch up with word of mouth or something. Now all will be waiting for OTT!”
About 2018: Everyone is a Hero
2018 narrates the story of the devastating Kerala floods that occurred in 2018 when people from all walks of life came together to survive the calamity. The film effectively takes forward the message that Humanity can win over adversity.
The Malayalam film, directed by Jude Anthany Joseph, stars Tovino Thomas, Aparna Balamurali, Kalaiyarasan, and others.
1) 2018 on OTT: Know when and where to watch?
Ans) 2018: Everyone is Hero will be available to watch on OTT from June 7. It will be released on Sony LIV. The OTT platform shared a tweet that read, “The biggest blockbuster Mollywood has ever seen is now coming to Sony LIV. 2018, streaming from June 7th.”
2) 2018 box office performance in Kerala .Details?
Ans) Despite 2018: Everyone is Hero being released worldwide, its success in Kerala left everyone stunned. It surpassed SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2 and Malayalam film Pulimurugan in the state. Not only this, it also emerged as the highest grosser.
3) Why does this story matter?
Ans)The Malayalam movie broke many records, including Pulimurugan’s seven-year-old record of collecting Rs. 78.50 crore at the Kerala box office.
Overall, 2018 has collected over Rs. 100 crore at the worldwide box office, reportedly.
Amidst receiving raging reviews that reflect in its box office numbers, the film will soon stream on an OTT platform, in less than a month of its theatrical release.
4) 2018′ to premiere on SonyLIV.Details ?
Ans) The OTT rights for Jude Anthany Joseph’s film have been bought by SonyLIV. Based on the devastating Kerala floods in 2018 which took the lives of scores of people, the film will be available to stream from June 7.
“Through this film, we aimed to commemorate the heroism and courage shown by every individual during the catastrophe,” said Anthany on 2018’s OTT release.
5) Why are some people upset over ‘2018’s OTT release?
Ans) Soon after the makers announced that 2018 will stream online, social media was left divided. Many felt happy that the blockbuster can now be watched at home; while others questioned why makers wanted to release it on OTT so early.
There were users who highlighted that a delay in its OTT release could have further helped the box office numbers in other languages.
6) ‘2018’ crossed Rs. 80 crore at the box office.Details?
Ans) Almost a month since its theatrical release, 2018 is inching closer to the Rs. 90 crore mark. On Monday, it minted Rs. 2 crore, said industry tracker Sacnilk.
With this, the film’s overall collection now stands at Rs. 82 crore and is expected to grow further.
After a successful run at the Malayalam box office, it’s now gaining traction in other languages too.
7) Malayalam film ‘2018: Everyone is a Hero’ to stream exclusively on Sony LIV from June 7. Details?
Ans) The devastating 2018 Kerala floods left a trail of destruction and loss across the state. Yet, from the depths of despair emerged stories that etched themselves in the archives of heroism. Prepare to be captivated by the highly acclaimed Malayalam film 2018: Everyone is a Hero, which is all set to stream exclusively on Sony LIV on June 7.
Forging its path to success, the film has become a phenomenon in the world of Malayalam cinema. Within a mere 10 days of release, it shattered box office records, crossing the coveted 100 crore mark. It also proudly holds the title of the highest-grossing Malayalam film of the year and has secured its place among the top three highest-grossing Malayalam films of all time. Following the addition of acclaimed films such as Kadina Kadoramee Andakadaham to its robust repertoire, this is yet another feather in the platform’s cap.
Directed by the visionary Jude Anthany Joseph, the film showcases the resilience of the people from all walks of life who find themselves thrust into the eye of the calamity and how unity becomes their driving force. As the floodwaters rise, their individual journeys converge, embodying the unyielding spirit of a community and transforming ordinary men into extraordinary heroes.
Commenting on the same, Jude Anthany Joseph said, “2018: Everyone is a Hero is an homage to the collective experience of the people of Kerala during the 2018 floods and to be able to bring it to the screen and see the kind of love it has been receiving has been a truly fulfilling experience. Through this film, we aimed to commemorate the heroism and courage shown by every individual during the catastrophe. With the film now set to stream on Sony LIV, more and more people get to witness our story and the extraordinary spirit of humanity that helped the state triumph.”
Produced by Venu Kunnappilly, C. K. Padmakumar, and Anto Joseph, 2018: Everyone is a Hero boasts stellar performances by an ensemble cast, including Tovino Thomas, Kunchako Boban, Asif Ali, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Aparna Balamurali, Kalaiyarasan, Indrans, Sudheesh, Gilu Joseph, Vinitha Koshy, Aju Varghese, Thanvi Ram, and Gauthami Nair.
Brace yourselves to be moved, inspired, and immersed in a tale that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit with 2018, streaming from June 7 only on Sony LIV!