A few weeks ago, there was news doing rounds in tinsel town that Amala Paul had been roped in to play the female lead in the Nivin Pauly starrer Kayamkulam Kochunni. But according to latest reports that have surfaced, Amala Paul had to opt out of the project due to date clashes.
She has committed to star in a few Tamil movies and the dates she had allotted for Kayamkulam Kochunni clashed with it, following which she moved out of the film. .Amala Paul clarified the same in a tweet.
â€śFYI i wasnâ€™t replaced, i opted out because of date issues, i am not joblessely cooking up stuff ,â€ť the actor tweeted from her official handle in response to a tweet.
FYI i wasn't replaced, i opted out because of date issues, i am not joblessely cooking up stuff https://t.co/jR5c1ESOOCâ€” Amala Paul (@Amala_ams) December 5, 2017
With Amala Paul out, the offer to play the female lead went to Priya Anand, who lapped it up immediately. According to sources close to the actor, she always wanted to star in a period movie and when she came to know that Nivin Pauly would be playing the lead role in it, she immediately agreed to sign on the dotted lines.
Further, Priya Anand gave up three other projects just be a part of Kayamkulam Kochunni. Well, this shows her interest to be a part of the film. Priya Anand made her debut in the Malayalam film industry with the Prithviraj starrer Ezra earlier this year and this would be her second Malayalam film. Set in another era, Kayamkulam Kochunni is about a self-styled Robin Hood-type highwayman, who lived in the 19th century.
Written by Bobby â€“ Sanjay, the film is being directed in Rosshan Andrews. Kayamkulam Kochunni is a period drama based on the legendary Kerala thief of the same name. The filmâ€™s star cast includes Nivin Pauly as Kayamkulam Kochunni and Priya Anand as Janaki. Priyanka Thimmesh, Babu Antony, Sunny Wayne, Manikandan. R. Achari and Thesni Khan are also part of the star cast.
Produced by Gokulam Gopalan under the banner Sree Gokulam Films, the film has music by Gopi Sunder, cinematography by Binod Pradhan and editing by A. Sreekar Prasad.