70 days shoot left for Mohanlal’s Odiyan!
Mohanlal’s Odiyan is unarguably one of the most awaited South Indian films coming up this year. The movie has a theme that has rarely been experimented in Indian cinema. Odiyan is a fantasy film that will have a mix of action, romance and magical realism.
Scripted by National award winner Harikrishnan, the movie is primarily about Odividya, a kind of black magic and people who practice it are called odiyans. There are a lot of stories and myths about odiyans in Kerala’s folklore. Odiyan marks the debut directorial of renowned ad filmmaker VA Shrikumar Menon.
The team has already finished two schedules in Varanasi and Palakkad. The third and final schedule will be commencing next month, once Mohanlal returns back after shooting for Ajoy Varma’s movie. Reportedly, there are 70 more days of shoot left for Odiyan. So, the makers will presumably be working towards an Onam release.
In the movie, Mohanlal plays the role of Odiyan Manikyan, who is said to be the last living odiyan in the world. The story is set in three different timelines starting from the pre-electricty days in the 1950s to 2000. Mohanlal’s Manikyan is a renowned odiyan who lived in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border in Palakkad. The movie follows his life from his childhood to his 60s.
Mohanlal will be appearing in multiple looks in the movie. He had recently stunned everyone by shedding around 18 kilos of his body weight to play the younger age of Manikyan. A leaner and fitter Mohanlal will be joining the final schedule in February.
Odiyan has some big names, both in the cast as well as the technical side. Veteran actor Prakash Raj and Manju Warrier will be seen in prominent roles in the movie. Narain, Kailash, Siddique and Innocent are also part of the supporting cast.
India’s leading stunt master Peter Hein is choreographing the action sequences. Pulimurugan’s cinematographer Shaji Kumar is wielding the camera and Sreekar Prasad is handling the edits. M Jayachandran is composing the songs and Sam CS of Vikram Vedha fame has been roped in to handle the background score.