Mammootty, Suresh Gopi stall ‘King and Commissioner’ shoot!

IT raids and ill-health cause yet another setback for Shaji Kailas

It seems Shaji Kailas’ problems with his dream project King And Commissioner are yet to end. Everything – from date issues to script hassles – that could possibly go wrong, went wrong with this film. Finally, the project went on the floors with his dream cast and was making steady progress in Kochi (the makers were considering an Onam release) when the shoot had to be unexpectedly cancelled, thanks to its two main stars Mammootty and Suresh Gopi. Mammootty’s problems stem from the recent raids conducted by the Income Tax department on his business and residential properties. The interrogations and subsequent seizure of undeclared cash and valuables from Mammootty’s home has left the star devastated physically and mentally. Suresh Gopi has other problems. Apparently, he lost close to 15 kg to play the fit police commissioner, Bharathchandran IPS, in the film. This sudden weight loss has resulted in a host of other ailments. Shaji and the rest of the industry are keeping their fingers crossed that the shoot will resume soon.