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“Of course, I’m really waiting for it because it is one Malayalam film which is likely to have a national release as it is dubbed in Hindi, Telegu and Tamil. Lot of hard work has gone into the film by each one associated with it,” Mammootty said.
It’s a Ramadan month and despite being a devout Muslim, the veteran actor is busy moving from one set to another and running from one dubbing studio to another.
“Rain or sun, I have a job in hand and I do it with all my sincerity. Right now I’m driving towards Chennai to complete the dubbing of the Tamil version of ‘Pazhassi Raja’. Due to lack of time I’m not doing the Telegu and Hindi dubbing,” said Mammootty.
Scripted by M.T. Vasudevan Nair and directed by Hariharan, the film is set in the 18th century and is about Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja of the Padinjare Kovilakom of the Kottayam family. Irked by the revenue policy of East India Company in Malabar, he threatened to cut down all the pepper vines if the British persisted in revenue collection. It is releasing in September.
In short, Pazhassi Raja’s was one of the first voices to be raised against British rule in India and he was one of the first freedom fighters, but not many people are aware of this outside Kerala.
After a gap of 20 years, Nair, Hariharan and Mammootty have come together for the film. The trio last time teamed up for “Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha” and created magic on celluloid. The film fetched the actor his first of the three national awards.
“Since I’m the hero of the film, I will certainly be involved in all sort of promotion of the film. This is the first Malayalam film which will have a national release and of course, I’m excited. But I’m certainly being apprehensive too, because too much expectation is not a good thing,” said Mammootty.
“Resul Pookutty has designed the sound and we were together last week and he too appears to be happy. Any way, now we will wait,” said Mammootty.
He was speaking to media persons at a function in Tiruchy where a CD on the superstar, titled ‘Makkal Manam Kavarndha Mannan’, was released.
Rao made it clear that Rajni was totally focussed on the Shankar movie at hand and once it was over, he was sure to make an announcement on his much delayed entry into politics.
The speculations about Rajni’s political entry has been going on for years. Some of his films had dialogues signifying his political ambitions. The fans of the superstar have been frustrated and even angry at his hesitation to take the plunge into politics.
Suresh Gopi plays a family man, who along with his friends, gets involved in a murder and is on the run.
Mohanlal plays a criminal lawyer in the film. Only his brilliance can save the friends from certain punishment. Will he be able to do that? That is the question.
The film has been written by S.N Swamy. The cast includes Sampath, Vijayaraghavan, Ganesh Kumar, Vijayakumar, Jyothirmayi and Ranjita Menon.
‘Kanthaswamy’ may have got a mixed response from a certain section of the press, but nothing really to worry as the film is a super smash hit that has grossed a record Rs 37 crore worldwide in its first week – Rs 16 crore from Tamil Nadu, Rs 8 crore in Andhra, Rs 1 crore each from Kerala and Karnataka and Rs 11 crore from overseas,” said Thanu.
Chiyaan Vikram, the hero of the film, was all praise for director Susi Ganeshan. “He is the showman of south cinema’ like Raj Kapoor. ‘Kanthaswamy’ is the most stylish film I have ever done.” When asked about the negative talk on the film, Vikram said, “I know that there has been a lot of negative talk about the film, but who cares? The figures at the box-office say a different story. What more can an actor ask for?”
Shriya Saran, the heroine in the film, said that her character in the film was the best she had done so far.
“One question I face often is about the star value of actors who are part of the remake,” he said. While ‘A Wednesday’ starred actors with no image quotient, the Tamil version has two biggest names in the industry. “But Kamal and Mohanlal have already cut loose from the image circle and done unconventional roles. So it really doesn’t matter here,” he added.
Jagannathan’s credits include the Vijay starrer Pudhiya Geethai, Kodambakkam and Raman Thediya Seethai. That apart, he was also cast in the latest release Mayandi Kudumbathar.
Kamal has raked up a controversy of sorts by disclosing that he was never interested in the institution called marriage. The actor said that it was out of social compulsion that he had to tie the nuptial knot twice – Vani and Sarika.
The actor disclosed that both his daughters Shruthi and Akshara do not maintain any connection with their biological mother Sarika.