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Kamal Hassan and Sharukh Khan dubs for Pazhassiraja

Kamal Hassan has dubbed a prologue for Mammootty’s MT Vasudevan Nair written Hariharan directed magnum opus Pazhassi Raja in Tamil and Shah Rukh Khan has dubbed for it in Hindi.

The film is a historical on Pazhassi Raja played by Mammootty, a native king of Wynad in Malabar area of Kerala. He is said to be one of the first freedom fighters who started a guerilla war against the British.

Tamil actor Sarath Kumar makes his Malayalam debut playing Edachena Kunkan, Pazhassi Raja’s ‘Thalapathy’ (Commander in Chief).

Remember it was Mohanlal who introduces Pazhassi Raja to the audiences through a 45 second prologue in the Malayalam original.

In the Tamil version Kamal Hassan did the prologue while Shah Rukh Khan does it in Hindi.

Says one of the producers of the film Gokulam Praveen: “ Kamal sir knew the subject and he is a fan of MT Vasudevan Nair one of the greatest writers in India. In the Tamil version Jayamohan the famous Tamil writer is translating MT’s dialogues. Kamal sir went out of his way to accommodate us when we requested him to dub the prologue. His introductory voice over has made the film richer.”

Mammootty - Shaji Kailas joins together for Droner

Mammootty is back with filmmaker Shaji Kailas after a considerable gap of nearly 5 years or so with yet another thriller Malayalam movie Droner. Currently he is busy with the shooting of the movie Chattambinadu. The movie which is to be produced by Aroma Movies will have its script by A K Sajan. The shooting would progress in areas of Ottappalam, Chavakkadu, Guruvayoor, and Chennai.

Mammootty and Shaji Kailas team has churned out hit movies like The Truth and The King in the past. Shaji Kailas who is presently engaged with the work of the Malayalam movie Rahgupathy Raghava Rajaram with Prithviraj in the lead would begin the shooting of the Mammootty starrer Droner by early November.

Going is great for Mammootty with ‘Loud Speaker’ success

Malayalam superstar Mammootty seems to be on a roll with his latest release ‘Loud Speaker’ hitting the jackpot at the box office. The actor says he is ‘delighted’ to hear positive reports about the comedy.

‘Of course, I am delighted to hear such reports because this film is unlike my usual films where I play the lead,’ Mammootty told IANS over telephone from his residence in Kochi. A devout Muslim, the actor has taken a rare day off on account of Eid.

Directed by Jayaraj, the film sees Mammootty as a simpleton who helps an NRI in finding his roots. Bollywood actress Gracy Singh plays the female lead.

It seems to be a favourable year for the three time National Award winning actor. His Independence Day release ‘Daddy Cool’ too has been a box office hit and is still running to packed houses.

His next venture is the much-talked about period movie ‘Pazhassi Raja’, which is releasing Oct 2.

‘Yes, ‘Pazhassi Raja’ is another one and I have high hopes from it because it is one film that has been in the waiting list for a long time. Yesterday (Sunday), the music of the film was released,’ said the 56-year-old.

Mammootty’s ‘Kutty Shrank’, directed by award winning director Shaji M. Karunand, is also complete.

‘Yes, that is also ready for release and it may hit theatres by the end of next month. As always I have done my best and rest I leave on the audience,’ said Mammootty.

He added that his ‘Paleri Manickam’, which is being directed by Renjith, will be completed soon and release towards the end of the year.

‘‘Chattambi Nadu’ is presently being shot. All in all, I am happy,’ added the superstar, who has acted in more than 300 Malayalam films besides Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and English in a nearly three-decade long career.


Pazhassi Raja audio launched in Kochi

The audio of Hariharan- MT Vasudevan Nair epic Pazhassi Raja was launched at the auditorioum of Gokulam Park in Kochi on Sunday (Sep 20) evening.

It was one of the best conducted events in Kochi recently.

The audio was launched when Mammootty handed over an a CD of the music of the film to Tamil superstar Sarath Kumar, who is also featuring in the film.

Ilayaraja the music director of the film could not attend the function as he was away on a foreign tour.
Mammootty said he was proud to be associated with the movie on Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, the legendary king and freedom fighter in Kerala's Malabar region, who fought the first war of independence against the British men.

The other important guest at the function was Oscar winning sound mixer Resul Pookutty who said he was very fortunate to have been associated with the film in which legends like writer M T Vasudevan Nair, maestro Ilayaraaja, Hariharan and superstar Mammootty are involved.

The film produced by Gokulam Gopalan would be released on Gandhi Jayanti day- October 2, worldwide.


Mammootty takes day off as Kerala celebrates Eid

As Muslims offered prayers in large numbers at mosques dotting towns and cities in Kerala Monday, superstar Mammootty too joined in the Eid festivities by praying at an Eidgah in Kochi on his rare off-day.
Dressed in a white dhoti and shirt and sporting the traditional Muslim cap, the actor arrived at a prayer ground in Kochi and sat through the morning prayers.

Mammootty told IANS that he would be taking an off on Eid, one of the few days he doesn’t work and spends time with his family.

“I will be home and will spend the day with my family. This is a welcome break for me and I enjoy it,” said Mammootty, who is also upbeat about his latest film “Loud Speaker” doing well at the box office.

Loudspeaker - Review

One of the fast vanishing qualities in human beings living in the rural India these days is simplicity, what with rapid urbanisation and materialistic approach towards life.

Everyone is becoming an island of sorts, protecting his own space without caring for others. What happens if in such a scenario a person lands oozing rustic charm and keeping the old values intact? That is what the National award-winning director Jayaraj tries to explore in his latest Malayalam film Loud Speaker starring Mammootty and Sashi Kumar (former Chairman of Asianet and the director of Kaya Tharan).

The idea may be old but the way he presents it floors us. The charm of human bonding and staying one with nature without malice towards anyone forms the crux of this film.

Mike Philipose (Mammootty), a person with a loud booming voice from the rustic hinterland lands up in an apartment building (a symbolic representation of city life) as an organ donor for an old expatriate scientist Menon (Shashi Kumar). How he changes the lifestyle of the inhabitants of that building forms the story.

The story is laced with humour. So, the underlying pathos of the situation is glazed over by it. The area of conflict initially is the sophistication of city dwellers versus the uncouth ways of a rural migrant. The tug of war between the two forms the major chunk of the first half of the film. The building being the microcosm wealthy society: a kindergarten attending children with unbridled mischief to college students who do not have the courtesy or respect, a man who tends to a dog while the wife works in a foreign country, a warring middle-aged couple who even cook their food separately, old aged parents abandoned after they have distributed their wealth among their children.

These characters are portrayed well. Jagathy Sreekumar, the secretary of the housing society is the husband who tends to a German shepherd. Kalapana and Bheeman Raghu are the warring couple and Janardhanan is the anguished father, who has filed a case against his children to get back his property.

And, to fill the place of a leading lady, Gracy Singh [ Images ] is cast as a nurse attending to Menon at his home.

The first half moves breezily with mirth. The second half becomes sentimentally heavy as Menon revisits his childhood, the place from where he had run away as teenager for having an illicit affair with his cousin. This part of the narrative is a bit too slow but, considering the overall package, this can be termed as a minor glitch, and can be overlooked.

Mammootty excels in handling both humour and seriousness with elan. His performance in this film proves that he does not require to do kiddie stuff to establish his comic credentials. Here he shoulders the responsibility of entertaining a section of the audience while keeping the serious undercurrent intact.

Shashi Kumar as the vulnerable but sure-footed man needing urgent kidney transplant is believable. His voice modulation is soft but firm in contrast with that of Mike, showing off his exposure to the aristocratic world.

With Loud Speaker, Jayaraj gets back into his groove.

(Rediff Movies)

Mammootty, Sarath Kumar inaugurate website of Pazhassiraja

Malayalam superstar Mammootty and Tamil star Sarath Kumar inaugurated the website for their forthcoming release, Pazhassi Raja in Chennai on Tuesday. But the focus was clearly on a collaboration of a different kind.

Tamil and Malayalam stars sharing screen space seems to be the trend of the season. If Mohanlal and Kamal Hassan have teamed up for Unnaippoal Oruvan, then Mammooty and Sarath are coming together after all most 19 years, for the historical drama Pazhassi Raja.

This story of the legendary Malayali prince, who died fighting the British made at a budget of about Rs 30 crore, is perhaps one of the most expensive films in Malayalam. While Mammootty plays the lead role of the Malayali prince and Sarath plays his warrior in the film.

"I'm really happy to have done this character which suited me very well because of my built. When they told me the script, I really liked it as a warrior and it had all the nuances, the action scenes, the emotions, the performance and working with Mammootty was a great experience for me," said Sarath.

"I don't feel any difference working with any of my co-actors. I'm very friendly with everybody. Even if I act with anybody and we know each other very well. Even when I started my Tamil films, he was there with me and I'm comfortable with all actors and they are comfortable with me," added Sarath.

Mammooty had his take on southern film productions having dominated the 55th National Awards, picking up the key awards.

"We make the better films I think, we make more films. See last time in the Indian Panorama-there were 21 films to be included in the Panorama and seven Malayalam films, that is one third, we are there," said Mammootty.

Talking about his films in the future, Mammootty said, "I'm doing a film with Arjun that is Aruvadai. That is a new direction by Pankaj productions. That is already almost finished."

And what about the other projects in the actor's kitty right now?

"I've already finished a film with Shaji N Karun, a film called Loudspeaker with Jayaraj, another film with a midnight murder story, Paleri Manickam it's again a period film. We have done a film called Kerala Café, which has ten stories put together; I'm there in one story. And I'll be joining for Chattambi Raja on Wednesday," he said.

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Great to work with Mammootty: Sarathkumar

Two giants of the tinsel screen – Mammootty and Sarathkumar are coming together for the first time in the Malayalam blockbuster Pazhassi Raja. The movie with a historical significance is also dubbed in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.

Mammootty dons the character of a king in the 19th century who leads from the front to free the country from British rule. Unstinted support comes from his deputy – Sarathkumar plays the trusted and wise minister.

Sharing his thoughts with the media, Mammootty said Pazhassi Raja is a sincere effort where the leaders who fought for the country – right from Tippu Sultan to Marudha Pillai – were given the importance they deserved.

On the extensive research done by director Hariharan, Mammootty said this being a period film, nothing could be left to chance. “We have done our best to present the facts threadbare. Nowhere have we said that Pazhassi Raja was the first freedom fighter but he was one among many,” said Mammootty.

Sarathkumar said it was a moving experience to be part of history. “It took a lot of time to get mentally prepared to do this character I see as a milestone in my career. The movie is all about the sacrifices of the four main characters but will highlight the pain they were subjected to while accomplishing their mission,” said Sarath.

Asked if the movie would open new avenues for him in Malayalam, Sarath said it would be great to work with the likes of Mammootty. But the real purpose of the film would be served only if the audience could appreciate the historical happenings portrayed with realism, said the Supreme Star.

Mammootty has a Quet Birthday

Mammookka spent a quiet birthday (September 7) at his palatial bungalow on Greenways Road in Chennai with his family.

Since it was Noyambu period there were no celebrations just a family dinner. He has been in Chennai for the last few days dubbing for the Tamil version of Pazhassi Raja.

Mammootty will be leaving for Coimbatore enroute to Pollachi on 9th morning to start the shoot of his Chattambinadu, directed by Shafi .

Pazhassiraja Censored with U/A

Malayalam super star Mammootty's magnum opus historical film Pazhassi Raja, being made in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, has been censored with a U/A certificate by Thiruvananthapuram Regional Censors on August 31. The film, which was expected to grace screens on September 18, has been postponed by two weeks.
Produced by Gokulam Gopalan under the banner of Gokulam Films, the film is directed by Hariharan and scripted by M.T. Vasudevan Nair. It has Mammootty playing the title role of legendary ruler and warrior Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja. Popular Tamil-Telugu actor Suman plays the villain, Pazhaiveetan Chandu and Tamil actor Sarathkumar plays Edachena Kunkan, the chief lieutenant of Pazhassi Raja.

Pazhassiraja postponed to October 2, Loudspeaker on September 18th

Mammootty’s big Ramzan release due on September 18, Hariharan’s epic Pazhassi Raja which got censored with an ‘UA’ certificate, has been postponed by two weeks!

The new date of release of the film is October 2, Gandhi Jayanthi- Pooja festival weekend.

The CG and DI work of the film has to be completed and it is taking time. The film was censored on August 31, so that it will be eligible for Panorama selection.

So now Mammootty, the smartest guy in showbiz is preponing the release of his Jayaraj directed Loud Speaker from October 2 to September 18.

The film too has been censored on August 31, with a clean ‘U’ certificate.

Most of the theatres which had booked Pazhassi Raja has been taken over by Loud Speaker distributors Time Ads, the film carries very good reports. It looks like Mammootty will get a solo release.

Lal Jose teams with Mammootty and Sreenivasan

Filmmaker Lal Jose is to make his debut as screenplay writer for his next Malayalam movie, which will feature none other than Mammootty and Sreenivasan. Lal Jose is directing this movie for Kerala Cafe. The movie centers around some events which take place inside a bus. Lal Jose has prepared the script based on C V Sreeraman's Puram Kazhchakal.

Mammootty was the hero in Lal Jose's debut directorial venture Oru Maravathoor Kanavu. Sreenivasan had penned the script for that movie. Coincidence or whatever it may be termed Lal Jose's next movie where he would be trying his luck in the script also will have both Mammootty and Sreenivasan.


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