Tamil and Telugu remake rights for Mammootty’s Uncle sold even before its release!
Mammootty starrer Uncle is gearing up to hit screens in March. Actor-writer Joy Mathew is producing this movie. This is also his second movie as a scriptwriter after the widely acclaimed ‘Shutter’. Gireesh Damodar, a former associate of Ranjith and Padmakumar, is making his directorial debut with Uncle.
Joy Mathew in a recent interview has revealed that they have already sold the Tamil and Telugu remake rights for a hefty price. Interestingly, Mammootty had not taken any remuneration during the shoot but Joy Mathew is now confident that he can pay him his salary. Earlier, the movie’s satellite rights were also sold for a record price. The exact amount has not yet been disclosed by the makers.
Just like Shutter, Uncle is also a socially relevant film. It is the story of a 17-year-old girl and her dad’s friend, whom she fondly calls uncle. It is about an unusual situation a middle class family is made to face. The social and political setting of Kerala is of much prominence in Uncle.
Karthika Muraleedharan, who made her debut last year with Dulquer Salmaan’s Comrade In America (CIA), is playing the female lead in Uncle. The movie also stars Joy Mathew, Asha Sharath, Vinay Forrt, Suresh Krishna, Kailash, Sheela and Muthumani in supporting roles.
Mammootty will be seen in a different role altogether in the movie. He is sporting a salt and pepper bearded look for his character, which is said to be a performance oriented one. There are unconfirmed reports about him playing a grey shaded role in the movie. If it turns out to be true, it will be refreshing since the actor has not done such a role in a long while.
Veteran Azhagappan is cranking the camera and Bijibal is handling the music department. Joy Mathew and Sajai Sebastian are jointly funding the movie under their banners of Abra Films International and SJ Films. The release date is expected to be announced officially very soon.