Filmmaker Priyadarshan will be teaming up Mohanlal yet again for a film which is said to be a period drama. After having worked in numerous movies together, the duo is all set to explore the period genre and the film is titled Marakkar. Marakkar is said to be inspired by the life of Kunjali Marakkar IV who was a 16th century Muslim Naval officer. Mohanlal would be seen portraying this role for which he is yet to shoot. And according to latest reports, Tollywood top star Akkineni Nagarjuna too would be seen playing an important role in Marakkar. It is not clear yet as to what role Nagarjuna would be playing in this thriller which is set in the 1600s. An official confirmation is awaited for regarding Nagarjuna’s casting in Marakkar.
A while ago, cinematographer-turned-director Santosh Sivan too had announced a film with the same theme with Mammootty in the lead role. However, nothing much was heard since the announcement. Malayalam film circles are abuzz that the film with Mammootty will also happen but would be a different perspective altogether. Although there hasn’t been any confrontation regarding this, it is being expected that there would be a clash between the two camps regarding the film – Kunjali Marakkar.
Announcing my upcoming movie Marakkar- Arabikadalinte Simham, to be Directed by Priyadarshan and Production by Antony Perumbavoor , Santhosh T. Kuruvilla and C.J. Roy pic.twitter.com/9CqwTry2ci
— Mohanlal (@Mohanlal) April 28, 2018
Priyadarshan recently said that he has been working on this story for a long time and was in the pipeline. “I have been working on the story for years and this will be my tribute to the Indian Navy,” Priyan told Mirror. Besides Nagarjuna and Mohanlal, Marakkar will also feature Bollywood actors Suneil Shetty and Paresh Rawal in important roles, reports reveal.
Nagarjuna is currently shooting for his upcoming multi-starrer with Nani which is being directed by Sriram Aditya. Said to be a comedy-drama, the film is yet to be titled and is expected to hit the screens in September this year.