Bollywood actress Prachi Desai to star opposite Mammootty in Mamankam!
Mammootty’s upcoming period flick Mamankam is unarguably among the most hyped Malayalam movies in recent years. The movie directed by debutant Sajeev Pillai is an epic historic-drama made on a massive scale. After completing the first schedule in February, the team has been on a break for two months. The next leg of shoot is all set to kick-start on May 10 in Kochi.
The makers had earlier announced that a popular actress from Bollywood will be playing the female lead in Mamankam. Now as per latest reports, Prachi Desai has been signed for this role. Prachi is noted for her roles in movies like Rock On, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, I, Me Aur Main and Azhar. Apparently, the makers of Mamanakam were on the look for a tall actress who could perform martial arts. Their search for a suitable actress reached Bollywood and they eventually got Prachi on board. Apart from her, two other noted actresses will also be part of Mamankam. Neeraj Madhav, ‘Queen’ fame Dhruv, Sunil Sukhada, Meghanathan and Sohan Seenulal are already confirmed in the movie’s supporting cast.
Sajeev Pillai, who is a former associate of Adoor Gopalakrishnan, has scripted Mamankam after doing research works for nearly 12 years. The movie is based on the medieval fair, Mamankam, where brave warriors from across the country would come together to showcase their skills at combat. Mammootty plays a ‘Chaaver’ (warrior) in this movie, which revolves around the life of these warriors who plot to defeat the Zamorin rulers.
Mamankam’s technical crew includes cinematographer Ganesh Rajavelu a.k.a Jim Ganesh, action choreographer Kaecha, composer M Jayachandran and VFX supervisor Kamala Kannan, who has worked in several big projects in South Indian cinema. Venu Kunnampilly of Kavya Films is funding this big budget movie.