In the interview, he also said that he always liked Mammootty as an actor. "This liking started ever since I saw him first in K.G. George's Mela. But this does not mean that I would cast him in all my films even if there is not a suitable role. However, my new film that would start next year would have Mammootty in it," he said.
Mammootty earlier worked with Adoor in Mathilukal, in which he essayed the role of Basheer.