The movie, which is shot entirely in Bengaluru, is directed by Prashanth Murali Padmanabhan
While there were reports that Mamta Mohandas-starrer Lalbagh will drop directly on OTTs, the film’s director Prashanth Murali Padmanabhan has now confirmed to us that it will be a theatrical release.
The filmmaker, who had earlier helmed Paisa Paisa, tells OTTplay, “Our plan is to release the film in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu languages in theatres in November. We are yet to confirm the release date though.”
Lalbagh, which was entirely shot in Bengaluru, has Mamta playing the role of a Malayali nurse. Apart from the actress, the film also has Sijoy Varghese, Rahul Madhav, Neha Saxena and Ajit Koshy.
On the drama-thriller, Prashanth tells us, “It’s about a murder that happens at a birthday party. Six people attend the bash and the film is shown through their perspectives. The movie, which evolves in a non-linear format, shuttles between what happens after and before the incident.”
Ask him why a film shot entirely in Bengaluru isn’t getting released in Kannada despite its Telugu and Tamil versions, and he says, “Almost 40% of the film has Kannada, so it didn’t make sense to release the movie separately in the language.”
The movie, which had completed shoot last year, was the official selection at South Asian International Film Festival as well as the New Jersey Indian and International Film Festival.
Mamta, meanwhile, was last seen in Bhramam, which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Her next release will be the Tamil movie Enemy, which has Arya and Vishal in the lead. The actress is also part of Dijo Jose Antony’s Prithviraj Sukumaran-starrer Jana Gana Mana and Lal Jose’s Meow, which was shot in the UAE.