The duo was earlier set to team up for the director’s segment in the Netflix anthology, based on MT Vasudevan Nair’s short stories
After helming a segment in the Netflix anthology based on MT Vasudevan Nair’s literary work titled Swargam Thurakunna Samayam, director Jayaraj will next direct a movie based on acclaimed writer Madhavikutty aka Kamala Surayya’s short story.
The movie will have Unni Mukundan in the lead. Unni and Jayaraj were earlier set to collaborate for Swargam Thurakunna Samayam. A source close to the actor tells us, “Unni couldn’t do the segment because the shoot was during the same time as Jeethu Joseph’s 12th Man. This film based on Madhavikutty’s short story is currently being shot in Kottayam.”
The actor had also shared a post confirming that he will be joining hands with Jayaraj for the project. “It’s a dream come true for me,” he said in the social media post.
Last month, Jayaraj wrapped up shooting for Swargam Thurakunna Samayam that was one of the last projects of actor Nedumudi Venu, who passed away on October 11 due to post COVID-19 complications. Talking to OTTplay, the filmmaker recounted, “The film is about the children of ailing Madhavan mash (Venu) coming to visit him. They wait, and at the end, he is out of danger. He then says, ‘From now on, don’t tell anyone when I am sick and on my deathbed. Do it only when you ensure that I am dead’. Considering his demise, that line and scene is haunting,” said the filmmaker, who had previously adapated Shakespeare’s works for his movies Veeram, Kanaki and Kaliyattam.
Unni, meanwhile, has completed shoot of Meppadiyan, 12th Man, Bro Daddy, Ek Din and the Telugu movie, Khiladi. His next film is Shafeekinte Santhosham, which he is also producing. He is also set for a pan-Indian Telugu movie, in which he will be playing the lead.