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The film is expected to release for Onam this year.
Twitter / Nivin Pauly

On Friday morning, Nivin Pauly unveiled the first look of his upcoming movie, Kayamkulam Kochunni on Twitter. Nivin sports a menacing look with short hair, moustache and a beefed up physique. He also has a knife in his hand and the warrior style costume looks quite impressive.

The movie is based on the life of the famed highwayman from Kayamkulam who has been tagged as Robinhood. He was said to be active in central Travancore and was known for stealing from the bourgeoisie and giving it to the poor.

Mohanlal will be seen in an extended cameo as Ithikkara Pakki, a robber contemporary to Kochunni. He will play the role of Kochunni’s mentor.

For the role, Nivin took training in Kerala’s traditional martial arts Kalaripayattu, horse riding and also lost some weight.

The poster announced that the movie will be released during the Onam season of 2018 but the exact date is yet to be revealed by the team. 

It is directed by Rosshan Andrrews and bankrolled by Gokulam Gopalan under the banner of Sree Gokulan movies. It also stars Priya Anand, Priyanka Thimmesh, Sunny Wayne and Babu Antony. The cinematography is by Binod Pradhan. The film is scripted by the duo Bobby and Sanjay and edited by A. Sreekar Prasad. The movie is currently in post-production stage. 

According to Andrrews, the film will feature Kochunni’s life before and after his transition as a thief, his survival attempts, romance and social structure during his time. The movie carries the tag “most dangerous man” along with the title.

Nivin was last seen in Hey Jude. He has several films in his kitty including Love Action Drama directed by Dhyan Sreenivasan in which he's starring opposite Nayanthara, Geetu Mohandas’ Moothon and Major Ravi’s romantic drama.