Malayalam superstar Mohanlal is currently training under the supervision of fitness experts from France to achieve the physical transformation that he required to play the younger version of his character in the upcoming film Odiyan. Director VA Shrikumar Menon said the team is on a scheduled break as the 57-year-old superstar is on a weight loss programme. The actor is reportedly aiming to lose about 15 kg for his role in about 40 days.
“Successfully wrapped up 2nd schedule of Odiyan. Happy !!! Excited. Laletan is now on intense, high octane physical training with a team of trainers, masseurs, yoga masters & dermatologists from France,” Shrikumar posted on his Twitter page. “Look out for our dearest Laletan like you’ve always wanted to look like .. Odiyan rising !!,” he added.
Shrikumar, a well-known ad filmmaker, will be making his dream debut as a feature director with the much-awaited Odiyan. The shooting of the thriller began in August in Banaras.
According to the reports, the film follows the protagonist of the film Odiyan Manickan’s life, who lived in the spiritual capital of India, Banaras, for 15 years before he returned to Thenkurissi in Kerala.
The filmmakers have wrapped up the shooting of the portions where Mohanlal reportedly plays a 65-year-old man. The shooting will resume when Mohanlal returns to play the younger version of the character.
Shrikumar will also be helming Mohanlal’s dream project, which is touted to become India’s costliest film ever, titled The Mahabharata/Randamoozham. He said that he will soon get fully involved in the pre-production work of The Mahabharata.
“For all those who are eager to know randamoozham progress. The pre prdn work is in full swing and I would be dedicating myself frm Jan 19 (sic),” he tweeted.
Laletan is now on intense, high octane physical training with a team of trainers, masseurs, yoga masters & dermatologists from France.
— shrikumar menon (@VA_Shrikumar) October 27, 2017
For all those who are eager to know randamoozham progress. The pre prdn work is in full swing and I would be dedicating myself frm Jan 19
— shrikumar menon (@VA_Shrikumar) October 28, 2017
The budget of the two-part mythological film, based on MT Vasudevan Nair’s novel Randamoozham, is pegged at Rs 1000 crore. The project will be bankrolled by the UAE-based Indian businessman, BR Shetty.
The producers have been considering of getting the biggest of actors and technicians in India onboard this magnum opus.