Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, the period-flick helmed by Priyadarshan is getting ready to go on floors on December 1. The makers have planned to wrap up the shoot by March next year but the movie will hit screens only in 2020. Director Priyadarshan himself revealed this in a recent interview. The reason being the extensive post-production that the movie demands. According to him, maximum attention will be given to the post-production works, which will be mostly done abroad.
The movie is based on the life of Kunjali Marakkar. Kunjali Marakkar was the title given to the naval chief of Zamorin of Calicut
in the 16th century, whose duty was to protect the coast against the invading Portuguese army. It is a challenging subject and naturally it demands the best of technicians and artists.
Mohanlal plays the titular role in the movie while his son Pranav plays the younger part of his character. Arjun Sarja, Suniel Shetty, Mukesh, Keerthy Suresh, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Madhu, Manju Warrier and Pooja Kumar are said to be part of the cast. Few British and Chinese actors will also be seen in the movie. The technical crew includes cinematographer Tirru and production designer Sabu Cyril. Music department will be handled by three different composers. Some other leading technicians from abroad will also be associated with this project.
Aashirvad Cinemas, Confident Group and Moonshot Entertainment are coming together to produce what is one of the most expensive projects in Malayalam cinema till date. The movie has been planned to be made on an estimated budget of Rs 100 crores.