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11 Years of Kanchana: Most successful horror comedy in the Indian Cinema

It's 11 years since Raghava Lawrence’s Kanchana dropped in theatres and there’s no doubt that the film has been of the most successful horror comedy franchises made in the history of Indian cinema. The relatively unchartered horror-comedy genre was redefined by director Raghava Lawrence, who successfully managed to create a legacy with the Kanchana series.

All the films in this series, in a way, are structured around the 2007 film Muni, about how the hero helps a ghost avenge the villains by letting it possess his body. The movies under the Kanachana series serve as the perfect family evening plans with some brialliantly shot horror scenes packed with the perfect amount of humour and characters essayed by some of the most loved artists.

Here are few of the reasons that make this series a hit:

Its intriguing plot headlined by Raghava Lawrence

Most of the credit for the hit Kanchana series goes to choreographer-turned-actor Raghava Lawrence, the films’ creator and “moving spirit”. Raghava Lawrence and leading South star Kovai Sarala are the only actors to appear in all the three installments of the series. The first film Kanchana was released in 2011 followed by Kanchana 2 and Kanchana Returns in 2015 and 2017 respectively. All films were highly successful at the box office, continuing the comedy-horror genre trend in Indian Cinema. All four films revolve around the same plot of a coward who gets possessed by a ghost seeking revenge.

The series helped horror-comedy genre gain immense popularity among kids and family audiences

The success of Kanchana series served as an inspiration for filmmakers and storytellers to deep dive into the horror-comedy genre. Lawrence’s film has a right dose of entertainment, action, drama and peppy songs which essentially attracts younger audience to come and watch it along with their parents. It’s a formula that works well because the audience is never bored, as a result of which we have seen a Hindi remake of the movie as well. The addition of drama and emotions in the storyline completes the entire entertainment package that the series offers.

An amalgamation of versatile actors presenting surprise elements for the viewers

Another noticeable aspect of the series is the star cast. Besides the usual cast, Lawrence has new additions in every film of the series. The first film in the series Kanchana featured Sarathkumar while Kanchana 2 had Tapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kovai Sarla, Devadarshini and Kanchana Returns starred Ritika Singh alongside Lawrence. All the brilliant performances made the series witnessed an unprecedented success while running for over 50 days at the box office during its theatrical launch.

If you haven’t watched this series yet, Sony MAX has got you covered. This month, enjoy Kanchana on 25th April at 9 PM, Kanchana 2 on 21st April at 9 PM. and Kanchana Returns on 26th April at 12 PM only on Sony MAX.


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