The Mohanlal starrer Neerali went on to the floors early this year and director Ajoy Varma had wrapped it up quickly so as to ensure its release in mid-2018. With the film into the post-production mode, actor Mohanlal hopped back on to the sets of Odiyan which he had been working on since last year and the shooting was completed just a few days ago.
Odiyan, a fantasy thriller directed by VA Shrikumar Menon, is touted to hit the silver screens for Onam this year. Mohanlal has done a lot of homework including shedding weight to fit into the role he plays in the film.
With these two films lined up for release in quick succession this year, Mohanlal has inked the deal to star in a Ranjith directorial titled as Bilathi Katha. The shooting of this film will commence next month and plans are on to shoot a major portion of it in England.
The film will be bankrolled by Subair NP and NK Nasser under their respective banners Lilipad Motion Pictures and Varnachitra Goodline Productions. While Mohanlal will be playing the main lead in it, the star cast also includes Niranjan in a pivotal role.
The film has three heroines Anu Sithara, Jewel Mary and Kaniha sharing the screen space with Mohanlal. The others in supporting roles include Dileesh Pothen, Johny Antony, Syama Prasad, Kalabhavan Shajon and Shalin Soya. Prasanth Raveendran has been roped in to score music for this venture.
Ranjith, who had last directed Mohanlal in Loham, which released in 2015, will be teaming up with the star for Bilathi Katha after three years. The director’s last film release was Puthan Panam which had Mammootty playing the lead role. The film was a Vishu release this year that was out at the theatres on April 12.
Lalettan recently wrapped up Kayamkulam Kochunni, where he will be seen in an extended cameo. The film which is based on the life of the Robin Hood-style Highwayman who lived in the early 19th century in the Central Travancore region has been scripted by the National Award winning duo Sanjay and Bobby. He will be playing the character Ithikara Pakki in the upcoming film.
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