Mohanlal had to walk in four legs to perform action sequences in Odiyan
The year-long wait for Odiyan is coming to an end as movie is all set to storm screens tomorrow (December 14). Scripted by National award winner Harikrishnan, Odiyan marks the debut directorial of renowned ad filmmaker VA Shrikumar Menon. Expectations are huge for the movie due to various factors. First and foremost being the stunning physical transformation that Mohanlal underwent for the film.
Mohanlal appears in multiple looks in the film which included a younger look of his character. He had to shed around 18 kilos to achieve this particularly look. The veteran star has not taken efforts of this scale in his four decade long career. In a recent chat with a leading Malayalam media, Mohanlal opened up about how strenuous it was to shoot for the movie.
Odiyan deals with an unique theme, which has rarely been experimented in Indian cinema. The movie is primarily about odividya, a black magic practice, and people who practice it, who are called odiyans. There are a lot of stories and myths about odiyans and their life in Kerala’s folklore.
Mohnalal plays the role of odiyan Manikyan in the film. Odiyans are capable of taking shapes of any animal. They can crawl like reptiles and also run at high speed. The actor had to put in loads of efforts to perform these scenes. Needless to say, it was one of the most taxing days of his acting career. For days, he had to walk in four legs as odiyans are capable of doing that. India’s leading stunt master Peter Hein choreographed the action sequences in the film. To make the scenes look authentic, the makers have used only minimal dupes and CG works.
Let’s hope all these efforts bear fruits. Fans and cinephiles alike are eagerly excited to see Mohanlal’s action avatar. Only a few more hours to go before the world of odiyans unfold on screen.