Mohanlal is Ulahannan in Vellimoonga director’s next
Actor Mohanlal plays a government employee in Vellimoonga director Jibu Jacob’s next Mollywood flick. The untitled movie also features Biju Menon and Meena in important roles. According to Jibu Jacob, the movie is an adaptation of a Malayalam short story, Pranayopanishath, written by VJ James. Jibu Jacob took almost two years to turn up with his next flick after the surprise hit Vellimoonga, which catapulted Biju Menon’s status as a bankable star in the box office.
The untitled Mohanlal flick tells the story of Ulahannan, a Panchayath Secretary in a rural area. The plot constitutes of the pressures of his official life and the nuances of personal life. Biju Menon appears as Ulahannan’s close friend Venukkuttan and Meena play Ulahannan’s wife. How he overcomes the challenges in his official life with the help of his wife and best friend is the plot of the movie. Jibu Jacob said that the movie explores two sides of Ulahannan, the family man and a government official.
Mohanlal and Meena became the most wanted pair in Mollywood after their record breaking hit Drishyam with director Jeethu Joseph. Both share wonderful onscreen chemistry and they have a number of hits in their credit like Drishyam, Varnapakittu, Olympian Anthony Adam, and Udayananu Thaaram.
Pranayopanishath is well known short story in Malayalam writer by writer VJ James. The story narrates a passionate love life of a middle aged couple. It is considered as one of the best love stories ever written in Malayalam literature and still having a strong cult following. Scriptwriter Sindhuraj adapted the short story for the screen and this is the second time Sindhuraj is adapting another writer’s work. The first was ‘Thappana’, based on a work in Bengali by Ashapoorna Debi.
Jibu Jacob’s last flick, Vellimoonga was the surprise hit of 2014 in Mollywood. The movie came to theaters with cold marketing and got a lukewarm response in the first few days. But the movie took off with the help of mouth-to-mouth publicity and was declared as a sleeper hit. The low budget film went on as far as the second highest grossing Malayalam film of the year, with a box office collection estimated as Rs. 20 Crore.
The untitled Mohanlal flick has Nedumudi Venu, Aju Varghese, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Kalabhavan Shajon, and Sudheer Karamana in important roles. While M Jayachandran and Bijibal compose the music, Pramod Pillai cranks the camera. The movie is produced by Sophia Paul under the banner Weekend Blockbusters.