Goodwill Entertainment, the production company behind films like Kasaba and Annmariya Kalippilaanu, has announced three films with Mammootty this year. The news was announced on Easter day.
According to an online news portal, the first of the three films to be born out of this collaboration will be directed by Ajai Vasudev. Ajai Vasudev had directed Mammootty in the 2017 film Masterpiece. The film, scripted by Udayakrishna and produced by Royal Cinemas, went on to become a success. The new film, however, will be written by debutants Bibin Mohan and Aneesh Hameed.
Mammootty’s second film in the line-up will be directed by ace directors Pramod and Pappan. After marking their debut with the superstar in 2004’s Vajram, the duo collaborated with Mammootty on their second project, Thaskaraveeran. Dennis Joseph, who scripted the film, will be teaming up with the directors and the actor for their new project too.
The third film is the magnum opus Kunjali Marakkar. Originally announced by August Cinemas with Santhosh Sivan attached to direct, the project was shelved after Priyadarshan and Mohanlal announced and went ahead with their version of the story titled Marikkar: Arabikkadalinte Simham.
The project seems to have been revived by Goodwill Entertainment. The project is yet to have a director. Meanwhile, the shooting for Priyadarshan’s film is happening in full swing. The movie is based on the life of Kunjali Marikkar IV – the fourth and last of the naval chiefs deployed to defend the seas against Portuguese, by the Samoothiri of Calicut.
Mohanlal is joined by Bollywood actor Suneil Shetty, Kannada actor Kiccha Sudeep and Tamil actor Arjun Sarja who have prominent parts in the movie. Manju Warrier, Keerthy Suresh and Kalyani Priyadarshan play the female leads in the movie. Pranav Mohanlal is also reported to be making a cameo appearance in the movie.
Mammootty is currently shooting for Khalid Rahman’s Unda. Billed as a comedy entertainer, Unda features the actor in the role of a sub-inspector. The film is about a troop of police officers deployed in a Naxal affected area as part of election duties. The film is scheduled for release next month.