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Kaniha to be Mammootty's heroine again

Lal directed Mammootty film 'Cobra' has remained in the news for several reasons, and one of them has been the film's heroines.

At first it was reported that Padmapriya has been cast opposite Lal and that Lekshmi Rai would be Mammootty's pair in the film.

Later Lekshmi Rai was out of the picture, and Sruthi Ramakrishnan, was rumoured to have been roped in instead of Lekshmi.

And now, Lekshmi Rai is back in the film, and would be Lal's heroine. Sruthi Ramakrishnan is not a part of the project, and Kaniha would be seen opposite Mammootty in the film.

Kaniha and Mammootty were seen together earlier in films like 'Pazhassi Raja' and 'Drona 2010'.

Awards are a relief during crises: Mammootty

The strike called by the producers' association took its toll on actors, directors, production companies and others associated with Mollywood.
But thanks to television shows and award functions, the stars were everywhere. These star-studded functions gave the actors an opportunity to be in the limelight despite any new movie releases. Even superstar Mammootty shared the view.
"Such award functions are indeed a relief during the on-going crisis in M'Town," said Mammootty while attending an award function held in the city recently. Mammootty was delighted to have given the chance to honour Padmasree K J Yesudas with the best singer award during the occasion.
However, the crisis has been resolved and the stars will be seen more onscreen than off-screen.

I am no superstar!: Mammootty

Mollywood's favourite actor Mammootty prefers to have nothing to do with what the word 'superstar' may suggest.
So much so that he has appealed to fans and audience not to refer to him with the word at any point. "It is indeed an honour to be called a superstar, but considering the accusations that are often inflicted upon superstars these days, I think I'd rather be called an actor," says Mammootty.
On his visit to Kochi recently, as a reply to comedian Tini Tom's reference to Mammootty 'being the only real superstar in the Malayalam film industry, the actor jokingly rebuked, "Superstars seem to be the cause of all the problems in our industry. In fact, the epithet has turned into an offensive term."
Incidentally, Malayalam cinema has been rather conflict-ridden over the last decade, with actors as well as several other eminent personalities blaming the reigning 'superstars' Mohanlal and Mammooty for the pathetic state of the industry. They have also been accused of allegedly ensuring not many youngsters are given the opportunity to make a mark in the industry and of playing roles that are not suited for their age.
Mammooty is currently awaiting the release of Venicile Vyapari by Shafi, which is set during a time when there were no mobile phones or Internet. "Unlike period films, the eighties is an age that people remember and can relate to," says the actor. Young actress Kavya Madhavan has been cast opposite Mammootty in this film.


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