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Exclusive! Mammootty to star in a direct-to-OTT film ahead of CBI 5?

The actor is also part of Amal Neerad’s Bheeshma Parvam and Ratheena Sharshad’s Puzhu

Sanjith Sidhardhan
Sep 07, 2021
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Mammootty | Credit: Shani Shaki/Facebook

While Mollywood megastar Mammootty has had two releases this year – One and The Priest, both weren’t direct-to-OTT releases. This could change soon as we hear that the actor is gearing up for his first movie, which will be made specifically keeping an OTT release in mind.

Mammootty, who has completed shooting most of his portions for Amal Neerad’s gangster thriller Bheeshma Parvam, is set to resume shooting for debutante Ratheena Sharshad’s Puzhu, which also has Parvathy as part of the cast.

The megastar was then supposed to change his get-up to reprise his role as CBI Sethurama Iyer for the fifth film in the CBI franchise, which is directed by K Madhu and scripted by SN Swamy.

A source close to Mammootty’s CBI 5, on condition of anonymity, told OTTplay that the film has been delayed till later this year. “After Puzhu, there are plans for Mammukka to do an OTT film. Only after that, he would join CBI 5,” said the source.

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Mammootty during the switch-on function of Puzhu

On the status of the upcoming CBI film, the source says, “The discussions for the movie were over last year. The creative team has not tweaked the script due to the pandemic. It’s a film that needs to be made on a big canvas.”

Mammootty’s theatrical releases earlier this year had come as a huge support to the industry that was in a standstill due to the pandemic lockdown. However, with the second wave of COVID-19 further delayed hopes of revival. With the cases in Kerala still high, theatres aren’t expected to re-open soon.

Meanwhile, Mammootty’s role in Puzhu has already got fans talking. The actor will reportedly play a character with grey shades.

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Mammootty | Credit: Shani Shaki/Facebook

Its music director Jakes Bejoy had earlier told us, “Puzhu has a fantastic script; it’s been a while since Mammukka has attempted something like that. I am excited to start working on it. The film will showcase his acting prowess. It will have him in a performance like Vidheyan more than the ‘mass’ Mammukka.”

The music director will also be composing for CBI 5. “It’s again a film that I am waiting for. When I begin work on it, there would be no other project, I will entirely focus on it. We aren’t going to change the theme a lot, there will only be some modifications to make it relevant to the times,” he said.

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