Newly released Malayalam film Usthad Hotel seems to have taken over the online world, what with the film trending at number five in India. The film, directed by Anwar Rasheed - of Kerala Cafe fame, features superstar Mammootty's son Dulquer Salmaan in the lead role.
Dulquer plays a guy who wants to be a chef in what was said to be an off-beat entertainer. That this happens to be Dulquer's second film release after his successful debut with Second Show, goes on to prove that the youngster either knows how to pick the right roles or has a very seasoned voice (probably his dad) guiding him.
The film, penned by Anjali Menon, has touched a chord among those who have already watched the film. "Simple story, with no fights," is the general response.
As for Dulquer, in addition to a couple of Malayalam singings, he already has a Tamil film and another one in Bollywood in the pipeline.
The general trend among debutant filmmakers in Mollywood is to keep away from literary classics, simply because it poses a bigger challenge and requires one to walk the extra mile to do justice to the work. One has to go into the details, the background, the settings and what not to convey the plot perfectly well to the audience.
But it is not so with Shibu Gangadharan, who is all set to make his debut as an independent director this year. For him the challenge of working on a renowned work is something irresistible which has spurred him to explore Zacharia's novella - 'Praise the Lord' for his first outing. The movie will have Mammootty playing the lead role.
"While reading 'Praise the Lord', I realised the cinematic potentials of the plot. The village life depicted in it, the satirical elements, subtle humor and the innocence of the characters can contribute to a vibrant movie experience," says Shibu who started his career as an assistant director to Rajeev Nath in 'Janani' (1999), which was also based on Zacharia’s story.
Megastar Mammootty's new project 'Jawan of Vellimala' is near completion. Directed by debutante Anoop Kannan, the megastar is very much impressed by the scripts of the movie that he is now producing the movie project under the banner of Playhouse- his home production company.
Also featuring Asif Ali for the first time with Mammootty, the movie will have the megastar in twin roles and tells a tale in the backdrop of a dam.
Mamtha Mohandas is the heroine of the movie which is continuing with its shoot at Thrissur. As of now, the movie is expected to make the final call in a couple of weeks.