‘Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham’ shoot is progressing at a rapid pace in Ramoji Rao Film City, Hyderabad. The period flick is helmed by ace filmmaker Priyadarshan. Major portions of the movie have been planned to be shot in the film city. Since it is a big scale film, the makers have hired some of the best available technicians. Award winning production designer Sabu Cyril’s team has erected massive sets, which includes huge ships, palaces and villages.
For handling the visual effects, Los Angeles-based Anibrain VFX and Creative Studio has been signed. Director Priyadarshan himself revealed this in a recent interview. Last year, Anibrain along with Framestore won the Oscar award for Best Visual Effects for the movie, ‘Blade Runner 2049’.
If things go as per plans, entire shoot of Marakkar will be completed by March. Priyadarshan had earlier revealed that the movie will be hitting screens only in 2020 as the movie demands extensive post-production. The makers will be giving maximum attention to the post-production works, which will be mostly done abroad.
Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham is an epic movie is based on the life of Kunjali Marakkar IV. Kunjali Marakkar was the title given to the naval chief of Zamorin of Calicut in the 16th century, whose duty was to protect the coast against the invading Portuguese army.
Though the makers are yet to make an official announcement, reports suggest that the cast comprises of Mohanlal, his son Pranav, Arjun Sarja, Suniel Shetty, Mukesh, Madhu, Keerthy Suresh, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Manju Warrier and Pooja Kumar. Few British and Chinese actors will also be seen in the movie.
Mohanlal’s Aashirvad Cinemas, Confident Group and Moonshot Entertainment are coming together for the production of what is said to be the most expensive film ever made in Malayalam cinema history.