The young actor plays a cameo in the Priyadarshan directorial but is the lead in Vineeth Sreenivasan’s next
While Pranav Mohanlal has played the lead only in two movies, Aadhi and Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu, the actor’s fanbase has been expanding by the day. While Jeethu Joseph’s Aadhi gave Mohanlal’s son a stellar debut, playing more to his strengths, Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottandu didn’t quite get the reception that the makers had hoped for. However, Pranav gave it his all for both movies – from learning parkour for Aadhi and surfing for his second movie to doing some dangerous action scenes himself.
His upcoming movies Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham and Hridayam will have him in totally different avatars. And the hype for both movies is at an all-time high. Both movies are helmed by fan favourites, Priyadarshan and Vineeth Sreenivasan, respectively.
Marakkar, which has Mohanlal in the lead role of Kunjali Marakkar IV, who is regarded as India’s first naval chieftain, has already won the National Award for Best Feature Film. The film, which is touted to be the most expensive Malayalam film, already had a stellar cast on board with Manju Warrier, Suniel Shetty, Prabhu, Arjun Sarja, Keerthy Suresh and Kalyani Priyadarshan.
However, fans were overjoyed when in 2018, it was announced that Pranav will also be doing a cameo in the film, which had his dad in the lead role. The duo, however, will not be sharing screen space in the movie as Pranav plays the younger version of Mohanlal’s Kunjali Marakkar IV. Pranav's major screen time is with Kalyani Priyadarshan in the period war drama.
Incidentally, Kalyani and Pranav will also be seen together in Vineeth’s Hridayam, which also has Darshana Rajendran as one of its leads. Vineeth in an earlier interview with Kochi Times had said that the movie is based on the experiences of him and wife Divya as well as their friends and people they know.
Vineeth was all praise for Pranav’s working style in the film, explaining that he used to come prepared to the sets 15 minutes earlier and had all the dialogues memorised. The movie’s producer Visakh Subramaniam had also said that both Vineeth and Pranav had not taken their remuneration for the film after its shoot was delayed by the pandemic. The duo wanted the movie to release in theatres instead of OTTs.
With both films being highly anticipated ones, they could probably be the ones that bring the audiences in Kerala back to cinema halls.