'Maamaankam' director opens up on ego issues with production house

Director Sajeev Pillai talks about bringing in filmmaker M Padmakumar to assist with the film, and the replacement of actor Dhruvan.
'Maamaankam' director opens up on ego issues with production house
'Maamaankam' director opens up on ego issues with production house
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There have been various reports about the progress of Maamaankam. Actor Dhruvan is no longer part of the film and the shooting is believed to have stalled for several months.

Reports that there were ego clashes between the debut director Sajeev Pillai and the production house have been put to rest with the director clarifying in an interview to the Times of India that, “Nobody can argue that the project is not up to the mark. Exclude me, the film has nationally-acclaimed technicians and Mammootty, one of the top artistes in the country. So, there is no reason that the film has faltered in any way.”

On filmmaker M Padmakumar being brought into the project to assist with the direction, Sajeev Pillai said, “It’s a big project and it needs a big supportive creative team. I have consented to that and I have no problem in others being part of the project.”

The film is a historical based on a medieval fair for warriors. Actor Unni Mukundan is believed to have joined the team recently, replacing Dhruvan, and is presumed that he will be playing a warrior in it as well. Sajeev, in the interview, said that lack of performance was never the reason for Dhruvan’s ouster. “His ouster might be due to ego clashes with the production team or something else,” the director said.

The film has four heroines, Prachi Desai, Prachi Tehlan, Malavika Menon and Abhirami V Iyer in the cast and those playing supporting roles in it would be Unni Mukundan, Neeraj Madhav, Sunil Sukhada, Meghanathan and Sohan Seenulal.

Ganesh Rajavelu aka Jim Ganesh is wielding the camera, M Jayachandran is scoring the music, Sreekar Prasad in charge of the editing, and Kaecha Khamphakdee will be choreographing the stunts. It is being bankrolled by Venu Kunnampilly under the banner Kavya Films.

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