The long in the making Mammootty magnum opus Pazhassi Raja which was finally scheduled for release for Vishu 2009, has now been postponed.
The film produced by Gokulam Gopalan, written by the legendary M.T Vasudevan Nair and directed by veteran Hariharan was one of the most eagerly awaited films of the year. The film has Mammootty in the lead role along with Kaniha, Tamil actor Sarath Kumar, plays the role of his trusted commander-in-chief named Dalapathy. The others in the cast are Manoj.K Jayan, Kalabhavan Mani, Suman and Padmapriya.
The biopic tells the story of the legendary ruler and warrior Pazhassi Raja the 'Lion of Kerala', who took on the British in the forests of Malabar in the 18 century. He is regarded by historians as the first freedom fighter of India. The movie will showcase his heroic fights against the British in the jungles of Wayanad during the 1790s.
Now the entire shoot of the film is over. The post production work of the film is to start in Chennai and will have a lot of special effects and graphics.
Added to that the maestro Ilayaraja has composed songs for the film and will start his re-recording only after Editor Sreekar Prasad completes his editing. All this will take three or four months, hence the delay in release.
It looks like Pazhassi Raja has been pushed to Onam 2009.