Rana Daggubati is Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma in K Madhu’s mega budget movie!
For the last few weeks, Malayalam cinema audience have been hearing a lot about multi-crore projects. Ever since the historic success of SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali franchise, several filmmakers across the country have shown interest in making films on a wider canvas. Pulimurugan’s 100 crore success has also inspired the Malayali filmmakers to invest in big budget movies.
Veteran director K Madhu recently announced that he will be making a two film project on the lives of Travancore’s legendary kings Marthanda Varma and Karthika Varma. Last day, Baahubali star Rana Daggubati took to his social media handle to officially inform that he will be playing Marthanda Varma in K Madhu’s film. The movie has been titled as Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma – The King of Travancore.
Both the movies are scripted by Robin Thirumala, who along with the director has been researching intensively for the last three years. The first part will trace the life of Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the only Indian king who trounced a foreign power in India when he won against the Dutch at the famous Battle of Colachel.
Apart from Rana, the movie will also star several prominent actors from Malayalam as well as other industries. It also includes some big names as part of the technical team. The country’s leading action choreographer, Peter Hein is on board for handling the stunts. R Madhi will be cranking the camera and MM Keeravani, best known for his work in Baahubali, will be the music director. Oscar winner Resul Pookutty is in charge of the sound design.
An international production house based in Italy will be collaborating with an Indian company for funding this project. Seven Arts Mohan is the line producer. The makers are planning the movie as a multilingual in five languages. They are planning to go on floors by August next year.
The second part of this ambitious project will be on the life of Karthika Thirunal Marthanda Varma, who went on to be known as the Dharmaraja. This part will be dealing with with Karthika Thirunal’s battle against Tipu Sultan. Cast and crew for this part has not yet been announced.