Jai Mahendran, which is to be helmed by Srikanth Mohan, is touted to be a political drama
Sony LIV has been at the forefront in terms of releasing direct-to-OTT Malayalam movies since the pandemic lockdown. The platform will further strengthen its connect with the Malayalam audience and content, with its first-ever original web series in the language – Jai Mahendran.
The series, which is helmed by Srikanth Mohan and has filmmaker Rahul Riji Nair as its writer, producer and showrunner, is a political drama that has Saiju Kurup in the lead. Suhasini, Miya, Suresh Krishna, Maniyanpilla Raju, Balachandran Chullikad, Vishnu Govindan, Sidhartha Siva and Rahul are also part of the cast.
Saiju, who had starred in Sony LIV’s release Anthakshari last year, will essay the role of a manipulative officer who “believes in getting things done using his influence”. But things turn topsy turvy for him when he becomes the victim of the same powerplay. His plans to sabotage the system and restore his reputation form the plot of the series.
In a press statement, Rahul said that the series aims to provide “a balanced portrayal of the life of an officer from various viewpoints” and will tell a story that is both relatable and entertaining. The series is set to go on floors soon and is expected to begin streaming on the platform by the end of this year. Jai Mahendran will also be available on OTTplay Premium.
Meanwhile, this is the second web series that Rahul is part of. He is also producer of Disney+ Hotstar’s Kerala Crime Files that is directed by Ahammed Khabeer. The series, starring Aju Varghese and Lal, has already wrapped up its shoot and is expected to drop on the platform soon.
Disney+ Hotstar will also be the release platform for another Malayalam web series that is helmed by Praveen Chandran and scripted by Deepu Pradeep. The comedy series has Nikhila Vimal and Sunny Wayne as part of the cast.