Movie - Ividam Swargamaanu (Malayalam)
Director - Roshan Andrews
Producer - Antony Perumbavoor
Cast - Mohanlal, Thilakan, Sreenivasan, Shankar, Jagathy Sreekumar, Innocent, Lalu Alex, Priyanka, Lakshmi Gopalaswami, Lakshmi Rai, Anoop Chandran, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Sukumari and others
Music - Mohan Sithara
Cinematography - Diwakar
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues - James Albert
Lyrics - Bichu Thirumala, Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri
Editor - Ranjan Abraham
Status - Shooting In Progress
If you arent excited already after reading the names mentioned above, you are not fit to be a Malayali. A true Malayali would genuinely feel happy seeing all these names. A Mohanlal film always ensures excitement. What if it is directed by one of the most promising directors in the industry, Roshan Andrews? What if it has Thilakan acting along with Mohanlal as his father 9 years after the mega blockbuster Narasimham? What if it also has Sreenivasan teaming up with Mohanlal again in a Roshan Andrews film after the team's contemporary classic Udayanaanu Thaaram in 2005? What if it is written by James Albert, one of the most talented new writers in Malayalam who wrote the wonderful Classmates and the clever Cycle, earlier? And what if it takes us back to the villages with agriculture as the main occupation?
Other than all these excitement generating factors, there is also a huge star cast which includes Jagathy Sreekumar, Innocent, Kaviyoor Ponnamma and Sukumari, all of whom share amazing chemistry with Mohanlal, the lead actor of the film. The film has three heroines - Priyanka, Lakshmi Rai and Lakshmi Gopalaswami. The movie also brings back the jodi of Mohanlal and Shankar, a successful combination of the 80s, right from their first film, Manjil Virinja Pookkal. The movie is set in an agricultural village and is about a Christian family and would be a treat for the family audience for sure.
Mohanlal plays an agriculturist and his from the looks of his character, it seems like the old Lalettan of films like Vellanakalude Naadu, Midhunam, etc is back!! The last time Mohanlal played a simple villager, was in Sathyan Anthikkad's Rasathanthram, and the film turned into a huge hit.
Roshan Andrews, who is one of the most respected filmmakers out of the newer lot, is making this movie after his critically acclaimed superhits Udayanaanu Thaaram and Notebook. He was supposed to make a big budget movie called Casanova with Mohanlal this year, but that project got postponed and this one happened. He is supported by writer James Albert who came into the film scene with the brilliant Classmates and followed it up with a smart film Cycle. The music of the film is by Mohan Sithara, a grossly underused music director who has given only good songs whenever he has composed for films, the most recent one being Bhramaram. The cinematographer of Notebook, Diwakar does camerawork for this movie also. He is an extremely popular cameraman who covers big stage events all over India, including the various Bollywood award shows and the hugely popular television show Dus Ka Dum. The movie is produced by Mohanlal's man friday, Antony Perumbavoor. This is their next venture after the big budget action flick Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded.
The shooting for the film is going on now, and if we are lucky enough, the movie would come as a Christmas release. Otherwise, we would have to wait till next year to see the movie. From the stills, I can already smell a superhit which would be hugely popular among families. I found some lovely stills from the movie. Leaving you with some of those stills.