It’s welcome to Central Jail for King Liar
King Liar is busy in Central Jail caning his scenes for the next box office raid. While his latest flick King Lair sets new box office records, Dileep has moved on to his next project Welcome to Central Jail. The movie, which is written by Benny P Nayarambalam and directed by Sundardas, is touted as a family entertainer. Like the title indicates, Welcome to Central Jail unfolds through the lives of a group of prisoners.
Pujappura Central Prison is the major location of the movie and some scenes will be caned in the backdrop of Kochi. The movie also brings together Dileep and Vedhika after the movie Sringaravelan. Vedhika, who looks forward for a strong comeback to Mollywood through the Prithviraj starrer James and Alice, plays Dileep’s love interest in Welcome to Central Jail.
“Dileep will play a large-hearted but solitary man in the movie. There are a lot of innocent people who get charged for cases because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time. This story is about a man who helps such people. He takes on the blame and willingly undergoes jail term,” says Benny P Nayarambalam.
“He has a reason to help people. For example, if an MBBS student gets caught in a mess, he bails them out by taking on the charge because society shouldn’t lose a doctor,” says Benny. “He doesn’t cover for murders or rapes, but petty cases that would get him a six-month sentence maximum,” he adds.
“We will be shooting in Trivandrum Central Jail and will also erect a jail set in Ernakulam. Like our previous ventures together, this would also be an all-out entertainer, something that people expect from Dileep,” says Benny, who has established a successful partnership with Dileep through the hits like Kunjikoonan, Chanthupottu, Kalyanaraman, and Marykkundoru Kunjadu. All those flicks happened at crucial points in Dileep’s career and turned out to be milestones in his filmography.
Dileep teams up with his Sallapam director after a gap of 14 years. Their last Mollywood outing together was the 2002 movie Kuberan, which was a hit. Sundardas’s last flick Rebecca Uthuppu Kizhakkemala couldn’t ring money at the box office. His previous flicks like Pouran and Aakasham also failed to make an impression.
Sundardas reinvented Dileep’s career as a bankable hero with his directorial debut Sallapam in 1996. The movie was a surprise super hit of the year and gifted Mollywood with the star pair Dileep-Manju Warrier. After Sallapam he turned up with Kudamattam, Sammanam, Varnakkazhachakal, Kadha, Kuberan, Kanninum Kannadikkum, Pouran, and Aakasham. He took a long break of seven years after Aakasham before coming up with Rebecca Uthuppu Kizhakkemala.
Welcome to Central Jail also features Renji Panicker, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Kailash, and Thesni Khan in pivotal roles. The movie is produced by Vyshakh Rajan under the banner Vaisakha Cinema.