Prithviraj was initially touted to play an extended cameo in Aami, the biopic on the prolific writer Kamala Suraiyya aka Madhavi Kutty, but he has now opted out of it for reasons best known to the team. With Prithviraj out of the project, Kamal, the director of Aami, has roped in Tovino Thomas to play the role.
On bagging the role, Tovino Thomas has said that it is always good to work with experienced filmmakers and that he is looking forward to joining the sets. The young actor will be on the sets of Aami for its final schedule, which is slated to begin next month.
Written and directed by Kamal, the biopic stars Manju Warrier in the lead role while the supporting cast includes Murali Gopi and Anoop Menon. Music for the film has been composed by M Jayachandran and Taufiq Qureshi while Madhu Neelakandan has handled the camera and A Sreekar Prasad is editing it. Aami is bankrolled by Raphael P Thomas and Roban Rocha under the banner Reel and Real Cinema.
The shooting commenced in March this year at the Kamala Surayya Memorial in Punnayurkulam, Thrissur and has been shot in various locations in Kolkata, Mumbai and Ernakulam.
It may be mentioned here that the National Award winning actor Vidya Balan was considered to play the lead role initially but she opted out of the film early this year and Manju Warrier went on to bag the role. On getting Manju Warrier to play the role, the director had said earlier that she is one actor who would be able to fit into the character easily.
The film’s shooting is underway and is expected to hit the silver screens as a Christmas release.