Director Fazil as Kutyali Marakkar in Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham
Shoot for Priyadarshan’s magnum opus ‘Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham’ is progressing at a rapid pace in Ramoji Rao Film City, Hyderabad. The movie already has some big names in the cast and crew. Director Fazil is the latest to join the team. He has been signed to play the role of Kutyali Marakkar in the movie. The role was originally supposed to be played by veteran actor Madhu, but he later opted out due to some unknown reasons.
Priyadarshan took to his official social media handle to share Fazil’s look from the movie. The director looks almost unrecognizable with his long bearded avatar. The movie is based on the life of Kunjali Marakkar IV. 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.
While Mohanlal plays the fourth Marakkar, his son Pranav essays the younger part of his character. Fazil has been signed to play the role of the first of the four Markkars, Kutyali Marakkar. It is worth a mention that the director is also playing a major character in Mohanlal’s other upcoming biggie, ‘Lucifer’. Fazil reportedly plays a priest in the Prithviraj directorial.
Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham has a star-studded cast. Though the makers are yet to make an official announcement, reports suggest that the cast comprises of Arjun Sarja, Suniel Shetty, Mukesh, Madhu, Keerthy Suresh, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Manju Warrier and Pooja Kumar. Few British and Chinese actors will also be seen in the movie.
Major portions of the movie are currently being shot in the film city. Sabu Cyril’s team has erected massive sets, which includes huge ships, palaces and villages in the film city. If things go as per plans, entire shoot will be completed by March. Priyadarshan had earlier revealed that the movie will be hitting screens only in 2020 as the movie demands extensive post-production. The makers will be giving maximum attention to the post-production works, which will be mostly done abroad.
Mohanlal’s Aashirvad Cinemas, Confident Group and Moonshot Entertainment are coming together for the production of what is said to be the most expensive film ever made in Malayalam cinema history.