The much-awaited multi-lingual period film
will hit the screen on Friday. Six of the big names in Indian film industry, Oscar-winner Rasul Pookutty, super star Mammooty, Jananpith laureate M T Vasudevan Nair, musical legend Ilayaraja, national award-winning director Hariharan and south Indian hero Sarath Kumar, have come together to make this film.
Shah Rukh Khan has dubbed the prologue of the Hindi version and Kamal Hassan did the Tamil dubbing of the film. It is reported to be one of the costliest Malayalam movies (Rs 30 crore) ever made.
Pazhassi Raja, better known as the Lion of Kerala, was the first Indian ruler to raise the flag of rebellion against the British Raj in 1797, almost 60 years before the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. In the film Mammotty dons the role of the king. Shot extensively in the dense forests of Wayanad (north Kerala), the home of Raja, more than 1000 actors test their skills in the film.
“The film will help people to re-discover many such lost and unsung heroes. It will be a big event in film history,” said director Hariharan. Earlier producer Gokulam Gopalan had approached the State government to hike the ticket price but the government had declined it but exempted the film from all taxes. “It is a long-awaited film. I am happy finally it is getting released. I am really upbeat,” said Mammooty, three-time national award winner.