The film, which has had a change of director, will go on floors on November 1 and will be shot at locations across Bengaluru, Mysuru and the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad.
Prajwal Devaraj is gearing up for his 35th film as hero, Mafia. Initially launched with Ambi Ning Vayasaayatho co-director Gurudatta Ganiga at the helm of affairs, the film has had a change of directors. Kannada cinema’s Dynamic Prince will collaborate with director Lohith H, famed for films like Mummy-Save Me and Devaki, among others, for Mafia. Set to take off on November 1, the film pairs Prajwal with Aditi Prabhudeva.
The film will be very different for Lohith, whose earlier projects have not only been experimental subjects, but also dealt with horror and thriller genres. Mafia, in that sense, is an out-and-out commercial entertainer, and Lohith’s first film with a star, having made Mummy and Devaki with Priyanka Upendra.
According to reports, Lohith has reworked the script to suit his sensibilities, taking care to retain the commercial elements, while also ensuring that the film is high on content. At the moment, only the lead pair has been finalized, with the team zeroing in on the rest of the cast, in the hope of going on floors on November 1. The plan, they say, is to shoot in locations across Bengaluru and Mysuru, as well as a schedule at the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad.
When Mafia was announced earlier this year, it was billed as an action thriller, with Prajwal playing a cop in it. Actors Shivarajkumar, Vijay Sethupathi and Arya had launched the first look of a bruised and handcuffed Prajwal on social media. At the time, the team had said that the actor’s father, Dynamic Star Devaraj would also be a part of it, while Abhisek Das was to be the villain. There’s been no confirmation if these elements remain as is, despite the director change. Produced by Kumar B, the film will have music by Anoop Seelin, while Jebin Jacob will handle the cinematography.