Reports about Malayalam megastar Mammootty and director Ajai Vasudev teaming up for the third time surfaced some time ago and we now have some updates on this. The film will have Meena playing the female lead with veteran Tamil actor Raj Kiran in an important role. Interestingly, the film will mark the debut of Raj Kiran in the Malayalam film industry.
We have also come to know that the title of this film is Shylock and that it will be released in Malayalam and Tamil. The official Pooja of this film happened recently and the shooting will commence on August 7.
On the title Shylock, Mammootty said in an interview to cinema express, â€śThough my character is a rich miser, he is not actually named Shylock. This title was chosen to keep it stylish.â€ť On Raj Kiranâ€™s role in the film, Mammootty said, â€śHe plays a strong and powerful character; not someone we brought in just to do some stunts. Considering the fact that Rajkiran is a selective actor, I'm happy that he agreed to do this film.â€ť
Touted to be a family entertainer, the film will be scripted by debutants, Bibin Mohan and Aneesh Hameed. Joby George will be bankrolling the venture under his banner Goodwill Entertainment. Gopi Sundar has been roped in to compose the tunes for this flick with lyrics penned by Harinarayanan. Renadive will be cranking the camera for this venture.
It may be noted here that Mammootty first worked with Ajai Vasudev in Rajadhi Raja that hit the marquee in 2014. Their second film together was Masterpiece. Mammootty played a cop in this action thriller, while Unni Mukundan, Mukesh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, and Poonam Bajwa shared screen space with him. The film was produced by CH Muhammed under his banner Royal Cinemas and was a success at the box office.
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