Prithviraj’s Ayyappan will be released in five languages: Producer Shaji Nadesan
Recently, actor Prithviraj made a surprise announcement through his social media handle. The actor is teaming up with Shankar Ramakrishnan for a mythological film on lord Ayyappa. The movie titled as ‘Ayyappan’ is being funded by August Cinema. According to Shaji Nadesan, one of the producers, the movie has been in the planning for a long time with a team working on the research for around two years.
Contrary to popular belief, the movie will be about prince Ayyappan’s life and not the deity. The producer is quoted saying to TOI, “It will tell the authentic life story of Ayyappan. The deity worshipped in Sabarimala is a form of Shasta; but the movie will focus on his life as a man. Ayyappan was a prince, a warrior and a revolutionary, and the research for the film has mined those stories from Pandalam palace.”
The makers are planning to release the movie in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Kannada languages. An English version is also on the cards. Since the narrative traverses through different timelines, lead actor Prithviraj will be appearing in multiple looks in the movie. Apart from him, the movie will also have some leading actors from various other industries. The technical crew will be mostly from Malayalam as the makers believe that the industry has abundant talent. The team is planning to start shooting by next April and release it by January, 2020.
Prithviraj already has several other projects in his kitty. He is currently working on his directorial debut ‘Lucifer’. He is expected to start shooting for Lal Jr’s ‘Driving License’ by next March. He also has ‘Kaaliyan’, ‘Aadujeevitham’ and Kalabhavan Shajon’s directorial debut ‘Brother’s Day’ coming up. It will be interesting to see how the actor squeezes in dates for all these projects.