Mammootty to star in film on Kerala ruler Cheraman Perumal

Mon, March 31, 2014 4:29pm IST by
Mammootty to star in film on Kerala ruler Cheraman Perumal

 A movie on Perumal’s life is being planned and southern superstar will play the lead character

Mammootty is all set to play the role of Cheraman Perumal, the first legendary ruler of Kerala. Perumal, the 6th century AD ruler, died in Oman following an ailment during his return journey to Kerala after a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.“I have agreed to it and we are now planning to co-produce it in association with the Oman Film Society (OFS). Talks will be held (about this) with Dr Khalid Al Zedjali, the Chairman of the Oman Film Society,” Mammootty was quoted by the newspaper.

According to historians, Perumal, was impressed by Islam after listening to Arab traders who visited his country. While the traders were returning after their business in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Cheruman Perumal joined them to visit Mecca and handed over his authority to his kin.

In Makkahhe performed Haj and embraced Islam but died in Oman during his return journey. His companions, however, reached Kerala with a letter written by the King and were treated with due respect. They also established their faith in the land and, in 629AD, the first mosque in India was constructed at Kodungallur.

The tomb of Perumal in Salalah is visited by a large number of people. “History reveals that there were strong trade links between Kerala and Arab countries during the first decade AD itself. And Cheraman Perumal, the last Chera ruler, is known as the first Indian king to embrace Islam and toil for its spread in Kerala. So, I am excited to be the part of this legendary movie,” Mammootty told the newspaper.

In 2011, a high-level team, as part of the Muziris Heritage Project of Kerala’s Ministry of Tourism, visited the tomb of Cheraman Perumal. Former Indian Ambassador to Oman Anil Wadwa had also visited the tomb of King Cheraman Perumal Salalah in 2011.Subscribe to me on YouTube

  • Rao Islam-ud-Din Aziz

    This message is for Mr Mammooty, who is working as King role in the Cheraman Perumal’s film. I am MA Mass Comm (Dev. Jour) a researcher in history, background from Haryana presently in Pakistan, and knows culture and history of Muslaim and Arabs and Omanis. I have lived in Saudi Arabia for 13 years. If you can included me in your team of production I might be helpful to various scenes, customs, situations, dialogues, and the cultural background of muslims and hindus and, tomb of perumal’s and other production shortcoming and expertise, to make the film successful and valuable. Goodluck Mr. Mammootty, and thank u for your attention.

  • Rao Islam-ud-Din Aziz

    Rao Islam-ud-Din Aziz, Al-Khobar Saudi Arabia, Tel: 0567573899, e-mail: rao.aziz@hotmail.com


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