The movie, directed by Kannan Thamarakkulam, also has Mukesh and Asha Sharath in lead roles
South action star Arjun Sarja seems to have an agenda of doing at least one Malayalam movie a year. After starring in Dileep’s Jack N Daniel and Mohanlal’s Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, the actor is now part of Kannan Thamarakkulam’s Virunnu, which was one of the first Malayalam films to go on floors after the lockdown rules were relaxed in Kerala last month.
Talking to OTTplay about the movie and Arjun’s character, the filmmaker tells us, “He plays the lead character in this movie which is a family thriller revolving around a mystery. His character has various shades. Revealing anything further about his role would spoil the suspense. However, the action scenes in the film have a lot of importance and getting someone like him helps a lot. We have now completed Arjun’s portions in Peermade.”
Virunnu also has Mukesh, Asha Sharath, Nikki Galrani, Baiju Santhosh and Hareesh Peradi in pivotal characters. “It’s Nikki’s comeback to Malayalam after a gap. The film’s story is based on her character and Arjun’s character travels with her story,” the director says.
Apart from Peermade, the movie will also be shot in Thodupuzha and Thiruvananthapuram. The team will resume the shoot of the film on September 7 with Arjun expected to join the sets again in October.
Before the lockdown last year, Kannan had wrapped up shooting for Maradu 357, which is based on the demolition of flats in Kochi’s Maradu. The movie has Anoop Menon, Manoj K Jayan, Dharmajan Bolghatty and Baiju Santosh in lead roles. On its status, Kannan tells us, “There was a legal case filed against the release of the film. We are now awaiting the judgment that will be out by August mid.”
Kannan had also finished shooting for a dark thriller titled Udumbu earlier this year. The movie has Senthil Ramakrishna, Alencier Lopez, Hareesh Peradi and Dharmajan in lead roles. “The Hindi remake rights of the movie have already been sold. We want it to be a theatrical release, but we will take a call in one month based on the theatres reopening and the response,” says the director.