A few weeks ago, actor Mohanlal had promised to unveil his character Manickan in the much-awaited Malayalam film Odiyan.
On Wednesday, the actor shared a teaser that gives us a peek into the life of Manickan's younger self. Sharing the teaser on social media, Mohanlal wrote:
"Odiyan Teaser. Unveiling the transition of #Odiyan Manickan. Presenting to you the young and vibrant Manickan in me who travelled back in time."
While the poster of the film released a few months ago showed a younger and muscular Mohanlal dressed in a sleeveless shirt as Manickan, the new teaser gives us more than a glimpse of who he is.
Dressed in a mundu and a sleeveless shirt, this time Manickan is seen wearing a white shawl over his shoulders, with betel leaves in hand. Pulling off a clean shaven look, Manickan wears a neck chain with a giant pendant.
"Gratitude to time, for being able to defeat so many years. For bringing me back to Thenkurissi, to a time that was much eventful in my life. Odiyan Manickan is ready. The game will now begin," Manickan says, munching on the betel leaves.
"Shall we start then?" he adds.
The 1 minute 44 seconds teaser has broken the internet. Mohanlal has reportedly shed at least 15 kg to pull off this look.
Odiyan is expected to hit the theatres in 2018 and ever since the shoot began, the makers of the film have been releasing promotional videos to keep the audience posted about the journey.
According to the film's director Shrikumar Menon, Odiyan is an athlete, who can see and crawl in the dark, no matter how rough the surface is. In the film, Mohanlal will be seen portraying several stages of Manickan's life, spanning across decades.
The story is set from 1950 to 2000 and all efforts are being taken to ensure the era is captured well on camera. Peter Hein, the popular Hollywood stunt master, is choreographing the stunt sequences for the film. It may be mentioned here that Peter Hein had worked with Mohanlal in Pulimurugan, which went on to become a huge hit, and they share a good rapport.
Odiyan will be dealing with the age-old black magic known as Odividya, revealed the filmâ€™s director.
Sharing screen space with Mohanlal in the movie would be Manju Warrier. And Prakash Raj, who had worked with Mohanlal in the critically acclaimed movie Iruvar, directed by Mani Ratnam, will be playing a deadly villain.
To be produced by Anthony Perumbavoor under his banner Aashirvad Cinemas, the film is expected to hit the marquee sometime in 2018. The film is scripted by the National Award winner Hari Krishnan. It may be mentioned here that Mohanlal and Shrikumar Menon are also teaming up for the historical film Randamoozham, based on the MT Vasudevan Nair novel of the same name.