Prithviraj confirms playing Kaduvakunnel Kuruvachan in Shaji Kailas’ Kaduva
Prithviraj Sukumaran has confirmed that he will be playing the character Kaduvakunnel Kuruvachan in the upcoming Shaji Kailas directorial ‘Kaduva’. Just a while back, he shared a new poster in his social media handle along with informing that the film’s shoot will be beginning soon.
For the last few months, a legal battle has been going on between the makers of ‘Kaduva’ and Suresh Gopi’s 250th film (SG 250), which is to be directed by debutant Mathew Thomas. Jinu Abraham, the scenarist of ‘Kaduva’ had approached the court alleging that there were similarities between both the films. The Kerala high court then orderd a stay on the shoot and promotional activities of the Suresh Gopi starrer.
Apparently, both the films are based on the same real-life person, Kurivanakunnel Kuruvachan, who still resides in Pala. Years back, Renji Panciker was supposed to do a film titled ‘Vyakharam’ based on Kuruvachan’s character with superstar Mohanlal as the lead and Shaji Kailas directing it. However, the project could not materialize then due to various reasons.
When news about the legal battle between team ‘Kaduva’ and ‘SG 250’ came out, Kurivanakunnel Kuruvachan expressed his strong displeasure against both the films which, according to him, are being made without his consent. As per Kuruvachan, he had discussed the idea about a film only with Renji Panicker and if the other two parties decide to go ahead, he will be dealing with it legally. It now seems like the makers of ‘Kaduva’ have managed to convince him.
‘Kaduva’ marks Shaji Kalias’ comeback to direction after a long gap. Prithviraj Productions and Magic Frames are jointly producing it.