The character Bilal John Kurishankal in the film Big B was immortalised by the Malayalam megastar Mammootty more than a decade ago. And the announcement that there would be a sequel to it has movie buffs excited to the core. The sequel for this Amal Neerad directorial has been titled Bilal, it is confirmed.
Unni R in association with Suhas and Sharfu of Varathan fame (and who also partnered with Muhsin Parari to write Virus) will be penning the script for Bilal. Sources in the know say that the team has already discussed Bilal with Mammootty and are waiting for his final nod. Catherine Tresa has been roped in to play the female lead in this sequel.
Meanwhile, actor Soubin Shahir has posted a picture on Instagram with Amal Neerad and captioned it Big B. It appears the prep work to get Bilal on the floors have begun. Also, writer Unni R came up with a new caricature of himself with the director. Unni R is seen writing the dialogues and Amal Neerad is giving his approval. The written dialogue in the picture has a line made famous through the prequel -- Kochi pazhaya Kochi alla (Kochi is not the old Kochi), and adds another -- Pakshe Bilal pazhaya Bilal thannaya (but Bilal is the old Bilal).
There is also a report doing the rounds that Fahadh Faasil may find a berth in the cast but there is no confirmation on this yet. Mammootty and Fahadh have earlier acted together in films such as Kai Ethum Doorathu, Pramani and Immanuel.
Big B, which hit the marquee in the year 2007 was an action crime thriller film co-written and directed by Amal Neerad. Unni R wrote the dialogues. The cinematography was handled by Sameer Thahir, and the songs were composed by Alphons Joseph with the background score coming from Gopi Sundar. Besides Mammootty, the cast also included the veteran Bengali actor Nafisa Ali along with Manoj K Jayan, Bala, Shereveer Vakil, Lena, Innocent, Pasupathy and Mamta Mohandas.
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