Odiyan is the first Malayalam movie to be registered in the Writers Guild of America!
Mohanlal’s Odiyan is arguably one of the most anticipated movies in South India. The movie has an unique theme, which has rarely been experimented in Indian cinema. It is a fantasy film that will have a mix of action, romance and magical realism. Odiyan marks the debut directorial of renowned ad filmmaker VA Shrikumar Menon and is written by National award winner Harikrishnan. Mohanlal’s own production house Aashirvad Cinemas is funding this big budget venture.
Interestingly, the makers have registered the movie’s story in the famous Writers Guild of America. Odiyan is most probably the first Malayalam movie to be registered there. With this, the makers have ensured that nobody copies the story without their permission as they will then be liable for legal proceedings.
The movie is primarily about Odividya, a black magic practice, and people who practice it, who are called odiyan. There are a lot of stories and myths about Odiyans and their life in Kerala’s folklore. Mohanlal is playing the role of Odiyan Manikyan in the film, the last living Odiyan in the world.
Odiyan’s 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 will follow his life from his childhood to his 60s.
Mohanlal will be appearing in multiple looks in the movie. His character Manikyan is someone who is mastered in Odividya. He is a fabulous athlete who can take any shape, can crawl and also run at high speed. To play the younger part of this character, Mohanlal is currently on a strict diet to shed around 15 kilos.
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. India’s leading stunt master Peter Hein is choreographing the action sequences in Odiyan. Veteran Pulimurugan 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.
The movie’s final schedule is expected to commence next year once Mohanlal loses the extra pounds and gets in good shape. The makers are eyeing a massive summer release by the end of March.