Mamangam is basically an emotional thriller: M Padmakumar
As ‘Mamangam’ gets ready for release next month, the hype around it is slowly building up. The Mammootty starrer is made on a huge scale with massive production values, star-studded cast and a strong technical crew. Considering the budget involved and the big canvas at which it is made, comparisons are already drawn with ‘Baahubali’, the benchmark film in Indian cinema for this genre.
However, the makers of ‘Mamangam’ have repeatedly stressed that ‘Mamangam’ is not a ‘Baahubali’ like film. Recently, in an interview, director M Padmakumar said that he would love to call the film an emotional thriller even though it features big war like sequences.
‘Mamangam’, as per the makers, is a historic film with almost 80% of it being inspired from true events. The film is based on the religious festival, Mamangam, that took place every 12 years in a place called Thirunavaya, on the banks of Bharathapuzha, for over 280 years.
The film’s original director Sajeev Pillai penned the script after an extensive research of over 12 years. Shankar Ramakrishnan later adapted the screenplay.
Mammootty plays a chaaver in the film. Along with him, Unni Mukundan is also essaying a very important character named Chandroth Panicker. Kaniha, Anu Sithara, Prachi Tehlan, Tarun Arora, Suresh Krishna, Manikuttan, Abu Salim, Manikandan, Ineya, Siddique, Sudev Nair and Sudheer Sukumaran are also part of the cast.
‘Mamangam’ is currently in the final stages of post-production. The film is scheduled to hit screens on November 21. Apart from Malayalam, it is also releasing in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi languages as well.