Directed by Basil Joseph, the movie was released on Netflix on December 24. It also features Guru Somasundaram, Femina George, Vasisht Umesh, Aju Varghese, Shelly Kishore, Harisree Ashokan and Baiju in important roles.
Minnal Murali had its global release on Netflix and has been trending on the streaming platform as one of the top non-English films since. The Malayalam superhero movie has received great reviews from fans and critics. Tovino Thomas, who brings the rural superhero to life with his acting chops and charm has also been lauded by fans.
Now, the actor has explained why he did not beef up for the role as Minnal Murali, stating that the makers wanted to show his natural progression into a superhero.
Talking to IANS, Thomas said, “My character is not someone who works out in the movie. So he is naturally a bit chubby in the beginning. It's only when he gets hit by the lightning that his body undergoes transformation. But it's very gradual and very believable.”
He added that they did not go for extreme workouts and that there was no need for him to look like a bodybuilder and that even in the end, he had to look like a normal man who had gotten superpowers.
Directed by Basil Joseph, Minnal Murali is a story set in the ’90s where two people in a village are hit by lightning, giving them superpowers. While one uses it to terrorise people for his greed, the other ends up becoming the saviour for the village.
Apart from Tovino Thomas as the titular hero, Guru Somasundaram also stars in the movie as the supervillain, driven by an obsession over a childhood crush. Femina George, Vasisht Umesh, Aju Varghese, Shelly Kishore, Harisree Ashokan and Baiju also feature in important roles.
The superhero movie, which released on December 24 in Malayalam, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi, is currently available to stream on Netflix.