Special screening of Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham organized for Indian Navy officials!
‘Marakkar Arabikadinte Simham’ is scheduled to hit screens on March 26 but with the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, chances are high for the release to get pushed. Meanwhile, the makers are planning to organize a special screening of the film on March 19 for the Indian Navy officials. Lead actor and one of the producers of the film, Mohanlal himself revealed this in a recent interview.
According to him, ‘Marakkar’ is basically a patriotic film about how Kunjali Marakkar IV fought against the Portuguese army. Kunjali Marakkars are the hereditary Chiefs of the Navy of the Zamorin of Kozhikode in the 16th century. The Marakkars organised the Malabar seamen to fight the Portuguese in several battles between 1500 and 1600. The honorific title of Kunjali was bestowed by the Zamorin on the Commandants of his Naval force in recognition of their prowess in maritime warfare.
There were four successive Kunjali Marakkars between the period 1500 and 1600 AD. In the film, Mohanlal will be seen playing the lead role of Kunjali Marakkar IV. He is regarded as India’s first naval chieftain. There is separate chapter about Kunjali Marakkars in the Navy and the film will be a tribute to them.
Director Priyadarshan and Ani IV Sasi have scripted the film by infusing both history and fictional elements. It has been made on a whopping budget of about Rs 100 crore with top artists and technicians from across the country associated with it.