Mammootty's Paleri Manikkam, directed by Ranjit is to start in Moogambika temple on July 3.
The film is a period crime thriller of a CBI officer who investigates a case which happened in the late 50's!
The film is based on a story serialised in Mathrubhumi weekly in the early 60's written by T.P Rajeevan. The story is based on the sensational Manikkam murder case that rocked Kerala in the 50's.
What makes the film interesting is that Mammootty will play a dual role as the CBI officer who re- investigates the case in 2009 and a feudal Muslim landlord who lived in the 50's and involved in the crime. There is no relationship between both the characters.
Writer and director Ranjit has taken all new actors, mainly people from the theatre to play important characters in the film.
All of them have been undergoing a one month training camp in Kozhikode on how to act on the screen! The courses were conducted by Murali Menon and Ranjit.
The important character of Manikkam will be played by the stage artist Mythali. Ranjit has also made changes in Rajeevan's original story to suit the taste of today's audiences.
The others in the cast are Sreenivasan, Vijayraghavan, Siddique and Sadiq. New cinematographer Prakash Kutty will be the cameraman, while music is by Biji Bal.
The film is being produced by K.V Anoop and Subair under the banner of Varnachitra Big Screen.