On the first week of December, director Priyadarshan has announced that his ambitious project Marakkar - Arabikadalinte Simham started to roll. The filmâ€™s lead star Mohanlal also posted the news on his Facebook page confirming that he has joined the sets and the shooting is in progress. The star plays Kunjali Marakkar in this historical which is planned on a high budget. Mohanlalâ€™s post on Facebook was: â€śJoined with the team â€śKunjali Marakkarâ€ť - Marakkar - Arabikadalinte Simham.â€ť
Made on a budget of Rs 100 crore, the film is being bankrolled by Antony Perumbavoor under his banner Aashirvad Films in association with Santhosh T Kuruvilla and Roy CJ. Grand sets have been erected at the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad where the shooting is currently in progress. Veteran and award winning art director Sabu Cyril is working on creating the sets for this magnum opus.
It may be noted here that Mohanlal will be seen playing the title role in this film and will have his son Pranav making a cameo appearance. If reports are to be believed, the youngster could be seen as the younger version of Marakkar. Further, Priyadarshanâ€™s daughter Kalyani, who made her acting debut in a Tollywood film, will be seen doing a role in the film and it will mark her debut in the Malayalam film industry.
The film also has Prabhu, Suneil Shetty, Manju Warrier, Arjun Sarja, Mukesh and Keerthy Suresh in pivotal roles. Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham is based on the true life of Kunjali Marakkar IV, who is most popular of the Marakkars.
Though the shooting of this film has begun, its release is scheduled in early 2020. Plans are on to wrap up the shooting in mid 2019 after which the post production will begin and go on for about six months.
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