Marakkar will expand Malayalam cinema’s market like how Baahubali did for Telugu industry: Priyadarshan
If we take into account the commercial aspect alone, Indian cinema can be divided into pre-Baahubali era and post-Baahubali era. Such was the phenomenal success of the ‘Baahuhali’ films that every regional industry in the country wanted to cash in on that wave and make spectacle-heavy films. Over the last few year, several such films were made but none had the quality of the SS Rajamouli’s works. He single-handedly made heads turn beyond Bollywood and put Telugu cinema on the radar.
Malayalam filmmaker Priyadarshan who is coming up with a similarly ambitious film – ‘Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham’ – believes that his film will expand the market of Malayalam cinema just like how ‘Baahubali’ did for the Telugu industry. He has often repeated that ‘Marakkar’ will be the most technically perfect ever made in India.
‘Marakkar’ has been a dream that the director has been pursuing for over two decades. The epic film which is based on Kunjali Marakkar IV has superstar Mohanlal playing the lead role. Kunjali Marakkar was the title given to the naval chief of Zamorin of Calicut in the 16th century, whose duty was to protect the coast against the invading Portuguese army. The film is being made on a huge budget of around 100 crores. Some of the country’s finest technicians and actors are associated with the project.
Suniel Shetty, Arjun Sarja, Keerthy Suresh, Pranav Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Ashok Selvan, Prabhu, Mukesh, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Siddique and many others are part of the cast. Several foreign actors are also playing crucial roles in the film. National award winning cinematographer Tirrru and production designer Sabu Cyril are part of the technical team.
Aashirvad Cinemas, Confident Group and Moonshot Entertainment are jointly producing the film, which is slated for a grand worldwide release on March 26. The film will be releasing in multiple languages in over 5000 theatres across the globe.