A rising sun, rich background music, warriors fighting, and a story told by a narrator form the official graphic teaser of Mammootty's magnum opus Mamangam. The video was released on September 10.
"Once upon a time in Malabar, when millions flocked to the biggest trade festival," begins the narration. You see a festival going on, celebrations going on, percussion and rituals, before the music changes and a king is shown sitting on a throne that the narrator calls one of 'bloodshed'. Warriors came from all over and 'battled for honour and sacrificed their lives', the narrator says. A boy warrior rises above all to fight and you see Unni Mukundan (perhaps the adult version of the boy) fight off many with his sword. It is only at the end that you see the graphic picture of Mammootty, his face hidden behind the shield and a sword rising above it.
The film is directed by M Padmakumar and produced by Venu Kunnappilly.
Mamangam is a historical drama that revolves around the life of the warriors known as Chaaverukal, who plot against the Zamorin ruler to overthrow him. The film is based on the Mamangam festival celebrated during the 17th century, in which warriors from different parts of the country would arrive on the banks of the Bharathapuzha to fight against each other to prove their superiority.
The film is being made in Malayalam and will be released in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi languages.
Made on a budget of Rs 50 crore, Mamangam began its production with debut director Sajeev Pillai wielding the megaphone. But due to creative differences with the producers, M Padmakumar was brought in to replace the director.
The film has four heroines, Prachi Desai, Prachi Tehlan, Malavika Menon and Abhirami V Iyer in the cast and those playing supporting roles include Unni Mukundan, Neeraj Madhav, Sunil Sukhada, Meghanathan and Sohan Seenulal.