Though this year has been dull for Mammootty at the box office, the megastar is planning to hit back thrice as strong.
The actor will be seen in three different appearances in his next movie 'Venicile Vyapari.' Mammootty will donne the role of a police constable, an undercover cop and a coir merchant in the film set in the 1980s.
The movie is directed by hit filmmaker Shafi who had earlier teamed up with the megastar to deliver super hits like 'Thommanum Makkalum,' 'Mayavi' and 'Chatambinadu.'
'Venicile Vyapari' tells the story of Pavithran, a police constable who is deputed to investigate a murder case in Alappuzha, popularly known as the Venice of the East. He chooses the identity of a coir worker to carry on the investigation. Through his disguise he finds that he's good at his job as a coir merchant and consequently quits the constable's job.
The entertainer narrates the ups and downs of Pavithran's life in the backdrop of the problems faced by the coir industry during the 80s, says the movie's scribe James Albert.
The movie, which was entirely shot in Alappuzha, has Kavya Madhavan and Poonam Bajwa playing the female leads. Interestingly, Alappuzha was also the location for Kavya's Mollywood debut as a child artist 15 years ago in 'Azhakiya Raavanan,' which also had the megastar playing the lead.
Another highlight of 'Venicile Vyapari' is the remixed version of retro classic song Kannum Kannum from the 1980 movie 'Angadi.'
Mammootty's next movie 'Shikari,' which will be released in Kannada and Malayalam, will also see him playing double role in two different timelines.
The movie, which will mark the megastar's Kollywood debut, will have him playing a software engineer in the present time who chances on an unfinished manuscript featuring a hunter of the pre-Independence era.
Poonam Bajwa, who plays the female lead, will also essay two roles in the movie, which is directed by Abhay Simha.