Mohanlal and Priyadarshan have reunited for their next project titled Marakkar – Arabikadalinte Simham which will be a period based action-drama. The film will be based on the life of Muslim Commander Kunjali Marakkar IV who was the naval chief of Zamorin of Calicut in 1600s. The film is being made on a large budget and will be released in multiple languages besides Malayalam. And the latest we hear is that Marakkar will be released in China as well. According to a report in Times of India, the makers are planning to release Marakkar – Arabikadalinte Simham in China as well since they believe the content will appeal to international audience as well. Director Priyadarshan tells TOI that the film has a lot of fictional elements which will appeal to larger audience and also help them recover the massive budget of the film.
Priyan, as he is fondly called, also says that they are dedicating the film to Indian Navy since the core subject of the film is based on naval achievements. "Kunjali Marakkar is India’s first naval commander. Mohanlal said let’s dedicate it to the Indian Navy and that’s also what we have tried to do with the film," Priyadarshan was quoted as saying by Times of India.
The story of Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham is based on the life of Marakkar who was the first Muslin Navy chief of Zamorin, The Hindu king of Calicut in 16th Century. The film will have a slew of top stars from various film industries besides Mohanlal. Manju Warrier, Suniel Shetty, Arjun Sarja, Keerthy Suresh, Pranav Mohanlal and Kalyani Priyadarshan will be seen playing crucial roles in Marakkar. The film is said to be one of the most expensive ones in Malayalam cinema and will have enormous sets built by the makers to look like the 1600s era.
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