DaddyCool in full Swing
In debutant director Aashiq Abu's Malayalam film Daddy Cool, Mammootty plays a cop, who prefers to spend time with his eight-year-old son than doing his official chores.
He is Antony Simon, a crime branch circle inspector, who had joined the service after being fascinated by its prospects. However, after the birth of his son, Antony's attention shifts to his kid, who he spends most of time with. Richa Pallod plays Mammootty's wife.
"In one line," says Aashiq, "Daddy Cool is about the adventures of an eight-year-old kid and his father, a police officer."
He says that the first visual that hit his mind while thinking about the storyline was that of a cop who converts his wireless set into a radio and listens to cricket commentary on it.
Aashiq, an ad-filmmaker has earlier assisted director Kamal in several films.
"As it is true for any kid of his age, his dad is no less than a superhero for Antony's son, Aadi. Of course, his wife Annie was quite irked by Antony's cool nature," says the director.
Richa Pallod, who has done around 200 ads besides films in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, jokingly says that it was quite a challenge for her to be angry most of the time and also play the mother of an eight-year-old kid.
"Annie works in a bank and has enough reason to feel worried as her hubby is too easygoing, quite unlike her. She is a nice woman, who is more matured and disciplined. She hates it when she finds her husbands super cool nature, when he wastes his time playing cricket with their son and his friends," says Richa.
Master Dhananjay plays Aadi. A student of Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram, he has earlier acted in films like Innathe Chinthavishayam, Baba Kalyani and Nagaram.
Asked who among his two megastars is his favourite and he says, "I love both Mammootty and Mohanlal and wants to be a hero like them, when I grow up."
Govind Padmasurya, the protagonist of the award-winning film Adayalangal, plays cricketer Sreekanth. Biju Menon, Ashish Vidyarthi, Sai Kumar, Vijayaraghavan and Radhika include the rest of the cast.
Sameer Thahir is the cinematographer while Biji Bal is the music director.