Fans of Malayalam superstar Mammootty have to wait a little longer to watch their favourite star’s upcoming magnum opus Mamangam. The release of the film, which was scheduled for November 21, has now been postponed due to post-production reasons. Instead, the movie will open in theaters on December 12.
According to reports, the visual effects work has forced the filmmakers to delay the release by about three weeks.
Earlier, the filmmakers had noted that they will be using very little help of special effects to spruce up Mamangam. “It will be visually big but we are not depending much on computer graphics. We are using minimal VFX. We want the film to look natural and real,” Mammootty said.
The teaser and trailer that were released earlier have ramped up the expectations from the film. Mamangam has been mounted on a huge scale and the filmmakers have sent a fortune constructing massive sets to shoot the period drama. The film is set in the 17th century in the backdrop of Mamangam, an ancient festival.
The film narrates the legend of ‘Chavers’ (suicide warriors) of feudal Kerala and their bid to overthrow the Zamorin ruler. It was a brainchild of filmmaker Sajeev Pillai, who is to have drafted the script following 12 years of research. He also directed a part of the film. However, the pace he was filming the project was not appreciated by producer Venu Kunnappilly. Eventually, M Padmakumar of Joseph fame was brought in to take over the reins of the project as the director.
The film also stars Unni Mukundan, Kaniha, Anu Sithara, Tarun Raj Arora, Prachi Tehlan, Sudev Nair, Suresh Krishna, Manikuttan and Siddique among others.