Malayalam films are known for portraying their rich culture, phenomenal history and heritage on the big screen. From the early 70s to as recent as 2018, Malayalam films have often touched upon iconic moments from the past, which has kept the current generation connected to their roots. Yet another such film, which will revisit their rich culture is Mamangam, which features Mammootty in a strong role. Directed by Padma Kumar, Mamangam is set in the 1600s and the ancient form of martial art, Kalaripayattu, plays an important part in the film.
Kalaripayattu originated in Kerala and is practiced even today in the state and parts of Tamil Nadu. How Kalaripayattu plays a role in Mamangam, will be revealed once the film hits the screens. BollywoodLife had a chance to visit the sets of Mamangam and take a look at the iconic world created by director Padma Kumar and his team for the period action-drama. For the journalists visiting the sets, the makers of Mamangam and crew performed a few stunts of Kalaripayattu and we can surely say that the film will be nothing less but a tribute to the devotees of the celebrated martial art form.
From swords to daggers to Urumi, we got to experience various styles of fights, that will also be featured in Mamangam. We have put together a few videos of the different tricks of Kalaripayattu, which you will get to enjoy in Mamangam:
Bollywood stunt director Sham Kaushal, who began his career with Indrajaalam (1990), has orchestrated the action for Mamangam. The veteran says that life has come a full cycle for him, as he returns to Malayalam cinema, where he began his journey.
Mamangam is not the first film to have Kalaripayattu as a key element. 2011 release Urumi starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Prabhudheva and Genelia D’Souza, had a similar backdrop. The film was named after one of the weapons used in Kalaripayattu, Urumi, which translates as a flexible sword.
BollywoodLife also had the chance to interact with the legendary actor Mammootty and the Malayalam megastar spoke about why it is important for every generation to be aware of their rich culture and heritage. "History is not known to today’s generation and what we are trying to tell in Mamangam has happened generations ago. It is important to bring forth the martyrdom, the sacrifices they made and the agony they experience to the current generation, who are ready to embrace every kind of story. It's important that they know how history has travelled to them today. Once in a while, the current generation needs to be reminded that ‘Don’t be so proud, these are the things that have happened and many people have sacrificed to give you this’. All the generations need to be reminded about our rich history, or else it may fade into oblivion," Mammootty told us during an exclusive chat.
Speaking about Mamangam, besides Mammootty, it also stars Unni Mukundan, Anu Sitara, Prachi Tehlan, Tarun Arora and Ineya in other key roles. This period saga is produced by Venu Kunnappilly and is his first Malayalam venture.
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