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Exclusive! Mohanlal and Priyadarshan to begin shooting for this star-studded Netflix project in July

The filmmaker also tells OTTplay that he is set to finalise the casting of his next feature film directorial in the coming days

  • Sanjith Sidhardhan

Last Updated: 08.49 AM, Jun 14, 2022

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Exclusive! Mohanlal and Priyadarshan to begin shooting for this star-studded Netflix project in July
Priyadarshan and Mohanlal

Director Priyadarshan is gearing up to complete his second segment in the upcoming Netflix anthology that is based on acclaimed writer MT Vasudevan Nair’s stories. The filmmaker, who had previously completed shooting Shilalikhithangal with Biju Menon and Shanti Krishna, now tells OTTplay exclusively about his next segment.

“The Netflix anthology will have nine featurettes in total. I am the only one who is directing two of them,” says the filmmaker, whose previous release was the big-budget period film Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, starring Mohanlal.

Priyadarshan will once again reunite with Mohanlal for the upcoming segment, which is based on the writer’s 1960 story Olavum Theeravum, which was made into a feature film starring Madhu, Usha Nandini and Jose Prakash in 1970.

While Mohanlal is set to play the lead role of a timber trader named Baputty in the short film, Priyadarshan says, “We still haven’t finalised the rest of the characters. We will be shooting the movie in July. Only Mohanlal’s and Mammootty’s segments from the anthology are remaining.”

Mammootty’s featurette is helmed by Lijo Jose Pellissery and is based on MT Vasudev Nair’s memoir about his journey to Sri Lanka and search for a woman whom he had met during his childhood. The segment is titled Kadugannawa Oru Yatra. The anthology also has segments directed by Jayaraj, Ratheesh Ambat, Santosh Sivan, Shyamaprasad, Aswathy Vasudevan Nair and Mahesh Narayanan.

Fahadh Faasil, Asif Ali, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Siddique, Indrajith Sukumaran, Ann Augustine, Indrans, Nedumudi Venu, Aparna Balamurali and Madhoo are some of the cast members part of the anthology that is set to drop on the platform later this year.

Meanwhile, Priyadarshan is also set to helm a full-length feature film that would be scripting and producing. Roshan Mathew, Arjun Ashokan, Shane Nigam and Shine Tom Chacko are some of the names rumoured to be a part of the cast of the thriller. “We will be finalising the cast of the movie within this week and then making an official announcement. As of now, I still haven’t decided if that would be my next project,” says the filmmaker. 

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