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Malayalam actress Manju Warrier’s much-anticipated comeback film How Old Are You, which is currently doing brisk business in Kerala, will release in the UAE within a couple of weeks, confirmed a local distributor.

How Old Are You is creating a lot of buzz in Kerala and we will release it next week or latest by June 12. We have purchased its rights because there’s interest in that film,” said Mahi Golchin-Depala, managing partner of Phars Films.

How Old Are You, which is being touted as Kerala’s answer to English Vinglish, starring Sri Devi, is directed by Rosshan Andrews and revolves around Nirupama Rajeev (Warrier), a clerk in the Revenue Department in the film, which tackles issues such as the gender divide and the struggle of a thirty-something woman in Kerala. The film, which released in Kerala on May 17, also features actor Kunchacko Boban as Warrier’s husband. Warrier’s last film was Pathram in 1999 in which she played a firebrand journalist.

Warrier was hailed as the darling of Malayalam cinema in the mid-1990s after she delivered a string of hits including Kanmadham (an unconventional love story in which Warrier almost stole the thunder from Mohanlal), Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (a tragic love story with her now-estranged husband Dileep) and Kaliyattem (Kerala’s answer to Othello). In 1998, she announced her decision to quit films after she married actor Dileep, famous for his conservative stand on whether women should work after marriage. Earlier this year, the couple announced their decision to separate. While Warrier continues to maintain a low profile on what went wrong and has refrained from discussing the break-up, her estranged husband has become an expert in subtly belittling Warrier in public. Watch this space for more.