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Tinu Pappachan on Malaikottai Vaaliban: ‘Don’t expect a fight in every scene’

Directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, Malaikottai Vaaliban features Mohanlal in the lead role

Tinu Pappachan on Malaikottai Vaaliban: ‘Don’t expect a fight in every scene’
Malaikottai Vaaliban look (L), Tinu Pappachan

Last Updated: 03.51 PM, Oct 07, 2023


Director Tinu Pappachan’s latest film, Chaaver, was released in the theatres on October 5. The film has garnered mixed reviews from audiences. Commenting on that, Tinu said that those disappointed were probably expecting a pure action drama like his previous works that include Ajagajantharam and Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil. However, the filmmaker also emphasised that he cannot make every movie the same way.

During an interview with Behind Woods Ice, Tinu expressed his gratitude for both positive and negative reviews for Chaaver. While he doesn’t necessarily agree with any deliberate degradation, the director said that he came across some negative reviews before the first screening of the film.

Malaikottai Vaaliban is also an emotional drama

Tinu, who is also the associate director of Mohanlal starrer Malaikottai Vaaliban, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, shared insights about the film. According to Tinu, the audience should not anticipate a fight in every scene of Malaikottai Vaaliban. He clarified that Malaikottai Vaaliban is not solely a mass action film, but rather it is an emotional drama with some massy scenes.

Mohanlal, Tinu Pappachan and Lijo Jose Pellissery
Mohanlal, Tinu Pappachan and Lijo Jose Pellissery

During an earlier interview with the New Indian Express, Tinu mentioned that Malaikottai Vaaliban will be an extraordinary theatre experience for the viewers, lauding the director for creating something Malayalam cinema has never witnessed.

All about Malaikottai Vaaliban

Malaikottai Vaaliban is touted to be a period drama film, featuring Mohanlal in the lead role. The film is one of the highly-anticipated releases in 2024, as it marks the debut collaboration between Lijo and Mohanlal. It is one of the much-hyped projects in Mohanlal’s career.

According to the Malayalam superstar, the film is like a Western movie and has been created on a grand canvas, beautifully handled by Lijo. Malaikottai Vaaliban was shot in a span of 130 days in Rajasthan, Chennai and Pondicherry. The film also features Sonalee Kulkarni, Danish Sait, Katha Nandi and Hareesh Peradi in important roles. Malaikottai Vaaliban will be released in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi on January 25, 2024.

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