Barroz: The Guardian of D’Gama’s Treasure marks Mohanlal’s directorial debut
Mohanlal fans will have one more reason to rejoice in 2023. The superstar’s directorial debut, Barroz: The Guardian of D’Gama’s Treasure, seems to have locked in a release date.
The movie, which had completed its shoot earlier this year, had been in post-production for a while. Mohanlal himself had said that some CG work for the movie is pending and final edit should be done soon. Now, reports suggest that the film’s producers have zeroed in on a release date.
Surprisingly, instead of waiting for the school vacations or a festive release, the team is eyeing a March 2023 release for the movie, which is a big budget 3D children’s fantasy. Santosh Sivan has cranked the camera for the film, which was initially based on an idea by My Dear Kuttichathan director Jijo Punnose.
Mohanlal also revealed plans from the movie’s production house, Aashirvad Cinemas, to release the first trailer of the movie along with Avatar: The Way of Water, which is set to hit theatres on December 16.
Meanwhile, there were also rumours of rifts between the creative team of Barroz during the pandemic. Jijo took to his official blog to say that the film had to be put on hold due to the pandemic in the second lockdown and after that the producers got busy with other OTT projects such as Bro Daddy, Monster and 12th Man. In fact, there were also plans to shelve Barroz, till Mohanlal intervened and resurrected the film in November 2021.
However, Mohanlal along with TK Rajeevkumar rewrote the script to make it viable to shoot during the pandemic. In the course, its focus also changed from being a story that had a young girl as its protagonist and Mohanlal’s character Barroz in the supporting role to vice versa. Jijo said that Mohanlal rewrote the script to make it like his previous films Pulimurugan and Odiyan, where his became the central role.
The superstar had issued a clarification that all this was done with Jijo’s permission and denied rumours of any rift between him and the acclaimed director.