It was announced a few days ago that for the final schedule of Maamaankam, the team will be erecting grand sets on 18 acres of land and that about 200 junior artistes would be engaged. The latest is that the sets have been erected in Nettoor and the shooting is on. Thorough research has been done for the climax portions, say sources.
The previous schedules have been shot in different locations such as Kannur, Ernakulam, Ottappalam, Vagamon and Athirapally.
Made on a budget of Rs 50 crore, Maamaankam began its production with debut director Sajeev Pillai wielding the megaphone. But due to creative differences with the producers, noted filmmaker Padma Kumar was brought in by the filmmakers while to replace Sajeev Pillai.
The film is a historical based on a medieval fair for the warriors known as Chaaverukal, who plotted against the Zamorin rulers to overthrow them. The fair known as the Maamaankam festival was celebrated during the 17th century, in which warriors from different parts of the country would arrive on the banks of the Bharathapuzha to fight against each other to prove their superiority.
The film has four heroines - Prachi Desai, Prachi Tehlan, Malavika Menon and Abhirami V Iyer and those playing supporting roles are Unni Mukundan, Neeraj Madhav, Sunil Sukhada, Meghanathan and Sohan Seenulal.
The technical team includes Ganesh Rajavelu aka Jim Ganesh wielding the camera, M Jayachandran scoring the music, Sreekar Prasad in charge of editing, and Kaecha Khamphakdee choreographing the stunts. It is being bankrolled by Venu Kunnampilly under the banner Kavya Films.
Meanwhile, Mammootty is currently busy with the film Unda. Directed by Khalid Rahman, Unda is jointly produced by Movie Mill's Krishnan Sethukumar and Gemini Studios. The film will also have in its cast Shine Tom Chacko, Jacob Gregory, Arjun Ashokan and Omkar Das Manikpuri in supporting roles.
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