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Exclusive! Nawazuddin Siddiqui in talks to star in Jayasurya, Joshiy’s big budget ‘mass’ action film

The movie, which is scripted by Nishad Koya, is bankrolled by Mamangam producer Venu Kunnappilly and will be shot in UAE, Oman and India

Sanjith Sidhardhan
Aug 31, 2021
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Jayasurya

Jayasurya’s “dream project” could also mark the debut Mollywood venture for Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. On the Malayalam actor’s birthday today, he revealed the first look poster of his upcoming movie, which is directed by veteran filmmaker Joshiy. 

The big budget film will mark the second production of Mamangam producer Venu Kunnappilly and is scripted by Nishad Koya. Talking exclusively to OTTplay, Nishad tells us that apart from Jayasurya, there will be another Bollywood star as part of the film. 

“We are also in talks with three artistes from Bollywood. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of them. If the discussions fall through, we will be looking at roping in someone of his stature for the role, which is a pivotal role in the movie. We are currently awaiting their confirmation,” says the scriptwriter, who has penned the screenplay of movies such as Dear Santa, Ordinary and Shikkari Shambu. Nawazuddin had made his South debut in 2019 with Rajinikanth's Tamil film, Petta, which was directed by Karthik Subbaraj.

Further on the movie, Nishad says, “It’s probably the biggest film in Jayasurya’s career. The movie will be shot in the UAE and Oman, and in India, filming will take place in Kerala, Delhi, Rajasthan and the Indo-Pak border.”

Ask him if it’s a travel movie and the scriptwriter says, “It’s got travel, action and romance. It’s a movie made on a big canvas like Joshiy sir’s New Delhi and that’s why we had been waiting for such a producer.” Kunnappilly had previously backed Mammootty’s big budget period film Mamangam, which was directed by M Padmakumar. 

Joshiy is set to begin work in the Jayasurya-starrer after completing his pending commitments that include Suresh Gopi’s Paappan, which has also completed shooting. The team is set to shoot the Dubai portions during favourable climate in the UAE. 

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