Spectacle heavy period films are the current favorites in Indian cinema currently. Mollywood also has nearly five such projects, all of them in the initial stages. Unarguably, Kunjali Marakkar is one of the most exciting among them.
Kunjali Marakkar was the title given to the naval chief in the 16th century, to protect the coast against the invading Portuguese army. A film based on the legendary naval chieftain’s life has been in the planning for nearly five years before August Cinema finally announced it a couple of months back.
Megastar Mammootty is playing Kunjali Marakkar in this movie to be directed by Santhosh Sivan. TP Rajeev and Shankar Ramakrishnan are jointly scripting this film after doing years of research works. Pre-production for this ambitious project is currently progressing and the makers are hoping to go on floors sometime next year.
Reportedly, August Cinema is planning to invest around 50 crores for the movie. This is a hefty sum considering the limits of Malayalam film industry. Apparently, talks are on with foreign technicians to associate with this project.
In a recent interview, Santhosh Sivan said that the movie has great prominence to the technical aspects since nearly 70% of the portions has to be shot mid sea. He assured that the movie would meet global standards in its technicalities like VFX and CG works. They are trying to get on board some of the best available experts to make the movie on a never-before-seen scale.