Unlike Baahubali, Kaaliyan will be a realistic period drama!
Prithviraj’s epic movie Kaaliyan was officially announced last month. Ad filmmaker Mahesh S is making his directorial debut with this movie based on the Southern Ballads (Thekkan Paatukal). BT Anil Kumar has scripted the movie after doing research works for nearly five years. Whenever a period flick is announced, it is bound to be compared with Baahubali.
SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali series is considered as the benchmark of period films in Indian cinema. Its humongous success, both critically and commercially, proved that spectacle heavy masala filmmaking has a massive scope in the domestic market. Made on a huge canvas, Baahubali had the best VFX quality in Indian cinema.
However, the makers of Kaaliyan affirm that their movie is not one like Baahubali. Unlike Baahubali, which was a VFX-heavy film, Kaaliyan has been planned to be made as realistic as possible with minimal graphic works. The team is also in talks with action choreographers working in the world famous TV series ‘Game of Thrones’. Their plan is to use novel and realistic stunts in the movie.
Kaaliyan movie tells the story of Kunchirakkottu Kali, a warrior who lived in the 17th century in Venad. Kaaliyan was a trusted disciple of Iravikkutty Pillai, a legendary warrior. Though Iraivikutty Pillai and his life story went on to be a part of history, Kaaliyan remained an unsung hero.
Prithviraj will be starting his preparations for Kaaliyan after he finishes works for his directorial debut ‘Lucifer’. Kaaliyan demands him to undergo intense training in martial arts. The actor who is well known for his commitment, will be working out to build a warrior’s physique. Veteran actor Sathyaraj will be seen in a prominent role in the movie. Other supporting actors will be cast through screenings that will be held in Mumbai, Chennai, Pune and in different parts of Kerala.
Bollywood’s leading composer trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy is making their Malayalam debut with Kaaliyan. Sujith Vaassudev has been signed as the cinematographer and National award winner Shajith Koyeri will be handling the sound design.