We know that Mohanlal is one of the perfectionists of the industry. The talented star has raised the bars once again when it comes to acting chops. That’s right, for his role in the much awaited We know Odiyan, Mohanlal has undergone some amazing transformation.
The actor, who has so far portrayed a 65 year old man in the film, is to shoot the final portions, in which he will portray a younger man. For this, the actor has apparently lost 18 kgs after being on a strict weight loss regime for about 51 days.
Ad filmmaker Shrikumar Menon, who will be making his debut as a feature film director with the Mohanlal starrer tweeted this Tuesday, “Get ready to witness Odiyan Manikyan’s magical transformation! Need all your wishes and prayers!”
The teaser will be revealed on Wednesday at 10 AM.
For his transformation, Mohanlal also took the help of a team of fitness experts comprising masseurs, yoga masters and dermatologists from France. His workout routine also included high-intensity exercises.
Odiyan is a fantasy thriller written by K. Harikrishnan. It is based on the legend of Odiyan, who in Kerala folklore are men possessing shape-shifting ability – men who can assume animal form. Odiyans are said to have inhabited the Malabar region of Kerala during the pre-electricity era.
The film also stars Manju Warrier and Prakash Raj and is produced by Aashirvad Cinemas. The team shot for the movie in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Interestingly, Mohanlal is teaming up with Prakash Raj after several years. The last time they were seen sharing screen space was in the Mani Ratnam directorial Iruvar which released two decades ago.
The director had said about the film, “We are talking about reversing over 15 years and have roped in a team to get him a younger look. This includes a team of 25 people that monitors his diet and workout. The kind of training they provide is something athletes go through. It includes sucking out water from the body, so as to ensure a trim look. Mohanlal is extremely thrilled to undergo the process.”
The film will apparently be released in Tamil and Telugu as well along with the Malayalam version.
Menon also clarified that it is not a dark horror movie as it is made out to be but a super hero movie made with class. He said, “It is planned as a mass entertainer. The climax is long and thrilling and will have the audiences glued to their seats. It has been shot in four different locations. The film is also loaded with stunts on par with international standards. Hollywood stunt choreographer Peter Hein has designed the stunts and it has been shot well.”
The director added, “The basic idea of the film is to break the mystery and myth associated with the tribe that had lived in various part of Kerala in the past.”
The songs of the film are composed by M. Jayachandran while the lyrics are written by Rafeeq Ahammed and Lakshmi Sreekumar. Shreya Ghoshal has rendered a song to the film.
Mohanlal first broke the news nine months ago when he wrote on his facebook page, “Announcing my next project Odiyan. The movie, guaranteed to be a visual treat is produced by Antony Perumbavoor in the banner of Aashirvad Cinemas. The movie also prides itself as the directorial debut of famed advt director Shrikumar. Manju Warrier takes up the female lead role in Odiyan. National Award winning script writer Harikrishnan will be rendering script for the movie. Production design will be done by Sabu Cyril while Shaji Kumar will be seen behind the camera of Odiyan”
Earlier, speculations were also rife that Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan will play an important role in Odiyan. However, we know that that did not pan out.
At the time, he was shooting for Villain, directed by B Unnikrishnan. Tamil actors Vishal, Hansika Motwani and Telugu actor Srikanth made their debuts in Malayalam with this film.
Mohanlal was also seen in 1971 – Beyond Borders, which was directed by Major Ravi. The film is inspired by real-life events that took place during the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. Mohanlal played a double role, while Telugu actor Allu Sirish made his debut in Malayalam with this film.