Pranav Mohanlal will make a special appearance in his dad’s upcoming film Marakkar – Arabikadalinte Simham, it was announced on the official page of the Priyadarshan movie. “Yes… It really happens… Pranav Mohanlal will make a special appearance in Marakkar – Arabikadalinte Simham as the young #KunjaliMarakkar… We all are excited…,” read the Facebook post. The star kid made his acting debut earlier this year with the film Aadhi.
It was earlier reported that Marakkar will also feature Tamil star Prabhu, who will play a pivotal role in the Mohanlal starrer. It was more than 20 years ago that Mohanlal and Prabhu came together for Kaalapani / Siraichaalai, a period film on freedom fight, which was also directed by Priyadarshan. There are also reports that Bollywood actors Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal and Tollywood star Nagarjuna will be playing important roles in Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, but this has not been confirmed yet.
Interestingly, cinematographer-turned-director Santosh Sivan had also announced that he will be making a film on Kunjali Marakkar IV with Mammootty in the title role. Both the directors - Priyan and Santosh - have apparently reached an understanding on taking their Marakkar films from different perspectives.
According to Wikipedia, “Kunhali Marakkar or Kunjali Marakkar was the title given to the Muslim naval chief of the Zamorin (Samoothiri), by Hindu king of Calicut (Kozhikode), in present-day state of Kerala, India during the 16th century. There were four major Kunhalis who played a part in the Zamorin's naval wars with the Portuguese from 1502 to 1600. Of the four Marakkars, Kunjali Marakkar II is the most famous.”
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