Malayalam cinema will witness couple of interesting big budget films based on Kunjali Marakkar which is being made with the two Mega Stars – Mohanlal and Mammootty. The Mammootty starrer will be directed by ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan while the on with Mohanlal will be directed by popular filmmaker Priyadarshan. However, there seems to be a clash of thoughts between the makers of the two films and director Priyadarshan seems to have not liked the idea of making two films in the same industry on the same story. Speaking to a leading daily, director Priyadarshan said that he will wait for few months before he starts rolling the project.
“Three years ago also, they told me that they would be doing the film. So, this time I will wait for about six to eight months. But if they are delaying it just to hinder my film, I will naturally go ahead with my project. But if they are doing the Kunjali Marakkar film, I will drop it because it’s unhealthy to have unnecessary competition in an industry like ours,” a report in TOI quoted director Priyadarshan.
Kunjali Marikkar name was given to the Muslim navy chief of Zamorin (Samoothiri) who was the Hindu king of Calicut(Now Kerala) in the 16th Century. With two films on this historical character in the pipeline, the expectations on the film will be quite high to see the kind of research the makers would do for the film. With these two stars of Malayalam cinema working on similar, it will be interesting to see what part of the story these two stars would opt to portray in their films.