Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham to be released in IMAX format?
The Priyadarshan directorial ‘Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham’ is scheduled to hit screens only in March 2020 but talks regarding its release have already started online. Since it is the most expensive Malayalam film ever made, there are a lot of expectations on it. Currently, there is a buzz around that the makers are planning to release the film in IMAX format.
If the news turns out to true, it will be a first in Malayalam. However, it must be noted that there are only 15 IMAX screens in India and none so far in Kerala. If the makers can pull it off, Malayalam movie lovers outside the state and in overseas countries can enjoy the epic film in all its glory. A Chinese version is also in the planning, which is also likely to be released in this same format.
Though ‘Marakkar’ was shot on floors only for 3 months, it’s post-production has lasted over 9 months now. Such is the scale of the project that it requires over a year to complete the VFX and CG works. The film 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. Superstar Mohanlal plays the lead role of Kunjali Marakkar IV.
The cast also includes several other big stars from across the country. Suniel Shetty, Arjun Sarja, Keerthy Suresh, Ashok Selvan, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Prabhu, Mukesh, Suhasini Maniratnam, Fazil, Siddique, Manju Warrier, Baburaj, Nedumudi Venu, Hareesh Perady, Nandu, Innocent, Ganesh Kumar, Suresh Kumar and many others are part of the film. National award winning cinematographer Tirru and production designer Sabu Cyril are some of the big names in the technical crew.
Aashirvad Cinemas, Confident Group and Moonshot Entertainment are jointly producing the film, which is said to be made on a budget of over Rs 100 crores.