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Exclusive! Jeethu Joseph: Mohanlal's 12th Man is a mystery like the ones based on Agatha Christie's books

The movie, which has 12 actors as part of the cast, is written by KR Krishna Kumar

  • Sanjith Sidhardhan

  • OTTplay

Last Updated: 08.29 AM, Oct 19, 2021

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Mohanlal | Photo: Aniesh Upaasana

It’s been back-to-back Mohanlal movies for Jeethu Joseph. After their successful outing with Drishyam 2, the duo most recently completed the shoot of 12th Man, which is written by KR Krishna Kumar.

 Apart from Mohanlal, the film has a star-studded cast featuring Unni Mukundan, Sshivada, Aditi Ravi, Rahul Madhav, Saiju Kurup, Priyanka Nair, Leona Lishoy, Anusree, Anu Mohan, Chandhunath and Veena Nandakumar.

 In an exclusive interview with OTTplay, Jeethu tells us, “The challenge was to get everyone’s dates together. Everyone was held up in other projects, which were in various stages of production. As far as I was concerned, I wouldn’t get another day extra from any of them. And yet, we were delayed by five days due to mist and rain. It’s the first time in my career that a film’s shoot exceeded the number of days we had initially planned.”

 While he doesn’t reveal the plot or character details, the Drishyam filmmaker tells us, “The movie tells the story of 12 people. About 90% of the movie is set in a single location and the rest is outside. 12th Man is a mystery that compares to the likes of films based on Agatha Christie’s books.”

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 While there are reports that the movie will also be a direct-to-OTT release like their previous collaboration Drishyam 2, Jeethu says, “The film’s producer Antony Perumbavoor hasn’t told me anything about it. Last I talked to him, he said he hasn’t finalised anything about the release plans.”

Mohanlal, Adil Hussain and Jeethu Joseph during the shoot of Ram

 Mohanlal and Jeethu, last year, were working on the action-thriller Ram when the pandemic lockdown was declared across the world. Ask him about plans to resume the film and the director tells us, “We will resume Ram only by the middle of next year. I am yet to finalise my next project, though there are several films lined up. 12th Man requires quite a bit of post-production work too and so it would take some time.”

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