Malayalam superstar Mohanlal on Saturday took to Twitter to announce that he will be acting in Priyadarshan's Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, a big budget venture inspired by the life of 16th Century naval chief Kunjali Marakkar.
One of the most popular naval chiefs of the Zamorin, Kunjali Marakkar fought the Portuguese valiantly in the late 16th and the early 17th century.
A press conference was held for the announcement and it has been officially announced that popular actors from other industries too would be part of Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham.
Speculations are rife that Telugu Actor Nagarjuna is also part of this project. Previously Nagarjuna and Priyadarshan have worked together in Nirnayam, a Telugu version of the Priyadarshan film Vandanam.
There are also reports emerging that Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty may play an important role in the movie. Priyadarshan and Suniel Shetty have worked together in several Bollywood projects. It may be mentioned that Suniel Shetty did a cameo in Mohanlal-Priyadarshan's Kakkakuyil. It is also rumoured that Pranav Mohanlal is likely to play a role in the film.
The film is produced by Antony Perumbavoor and is co-produced by Dr Roy CJ and Santhosh. Well-known cinematographer Tirru has been engaged to take care of the cinematography department of the film. The film will start rolling once Mohanlal completes Odiyan.
Mohanlal isn’t the only one working on a period film about Kunjali Marakkar. Mammootty had earlier announced that he would be working on a similar film. Shaji Nadesan of August Cinema, the banner producing Mammootty’s film, said that the shoot will begin in July 2018. This film will be directed by Santosh Sivan.
Kunjali Marakkar was the title given by the Hindu King of Calicut to the Muslim naval Chief of the Zamorin (Samoothiri) during the 16th century. There were four major Kunjalis who fought the naval wars with the Portuguese between 1502 and 1600. Interestingly, Mammootty will be playing Kunjali Marakkar IV in the film.
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