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Variyamkunnan to go ahead without Prithviraj and Aashiq Abu: Producers

The producers have also confirmed that the movie will come out in two parts

Akshay Krishna
Sep 13, 2021
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This week, it was confirmed that director Aashiq Abu and actor Prithviraj had backed out of the ambitious project Variyamkunnan. Now, the producers of the movie have announced that they will go ahead with the period project. 

The makers of the movie have come out with a press release that has explained that the movie will go ahead even though Aashiq and Prithviraj have opted out of the movie. They also revealed that the movie will come out in two parts.

“Compass Movies are working on bringing Variyamkunnan out with great cinematic quality to the international audience. The movie will come out in two parts to do justice to the history of Kunjahammed Haji and the Malabar Rebellion,” said the makers, via the press release.

Variyamkunnan, a period movie which will follow the life of Variyamkunnath Kunjahammad Haji, a leader of the 1921 Malabar rebellion, was announced earlier in June 2020. The movie came under attack online from the right-wing sections, who objected to a movie which would glorify the rebel leader. 

While there was no immediate reaction, Prithviraj, who was the lead actor and Aashiq, who was supposed to direct the movie backed out from the project earlier this week. Their announcement came at a time when the historical event was heavily debated in Kerala, whether it is a movement against colonial rule that took a communal turn or just an action by religious fanatics. 

The movie was supposed to release this year, coinciding with the centenary celebrations of the rebellion. Three other movies were also announced following the centenary of the event. Award-winning director PT Kunjumuhammed, theatre artiste and director Ibrahim Vengara, and film director Ali Akbar are helming these movies.

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