The two Mollywood stars have been the pillars of Malayalam cinema since the 1980s and are slotted to work together in an upcoming film
Mohanlal had the sweetest wish reserved for Malayalam megastar Mammootty, who completed 50 years in the film industry today. Through his social media post, Mohanlal also echoed the wishes of millions of Mollywood fans who have not seen the duo act together since Twenty:20, which was released in 2008.
The duo, who shared screen space in several films back in the 80s and 90s, have stopped working together because of their superstar status and also the financial constraints that come from two leading actors in a Malayalam film, which only catered to a limited audience in Kerala and the Middle East, until recently.
On Aug 2, with Mammootty marking his 50th year since his debut with Anubhavangal Paalichakal in 1971, Mohanlal wrote, “Today, my brother completes 50 glorious years in the film industry. I feel so proud to have shared the screen with him in 55 memorable films and looking forward to many more. Congratulations Ichakka!”
The duo had worked together in several popular films such as Visa, Aa Divasan, Padayottam, Kariyilakkattu Pole, Athirathram and Adimakal Udamakal. Mammootty had also played supporting roles in several of Mohanlal’s superhits such as Narasimham, Gandhinagar 2nd Street and No.20 Madras Mail.
In the past two decades, the superstars had shared screen space in full-length roles in only Harikrishnans and Twenty: 20. However, with Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) announcing a crime thriller earlier this year, this could change. The film will be directed by Priyadarshan and Rajeev Kumar, who is also scripting it.
The upcoming movie is set to go on floors once the pandemic situation gets better. The yet-to-be-titled movie will feature 140 artistes from the industry and proceeds of its box-office earnings will go to those adversely affected by the pandemic.