Thursday, September 3, 2009
Release date: Sep 18 2009
Cast: Mammootty, Biju Menon, Sarath kumar, Padmapriya, Manoj k Jayan, Captain Raju, Kanika Subramanian, Thilakan, Jagathy Sreeekumar, Suresh Krishna
Synopsis: Pazhassi Raja is a forthcoming biopic magnum opus historical film directed by T. Hariharan, and written by M.T. Vasudevan Nair. It is a story about the king Pazhazzi Raja who fought against British East India Company and who died defending his country.
Megastar Mammootty who played the hero in Hariharan's previous historical, Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha plays the title role in this movie. Mammotty normally acts in one movie at a time, but during the filming of this movie, he will also be shuttling between the sets of other Malayalam films like Vande Mataram, Mission 90 Days, and Katha Parayumbol.
There are three heroines with Padma Priya appearing as an Adivasi girl, Kanihaa as his wife and Linda Arsenio as an English woman. Linda Arsenio who has done theatre in New York, was seen in Kabul Express.
Kanika who plays the role of Kaitheri Makkom started getting movie offers when she was student at BITS Pilani, but she waited till she completed the course work. It was not easy getting the part since she had to convince Hariharan that she could portray the role effectively. To convince Hariharan she showed him her role in the Tamil film, Varalaru: History of Godfather, in which she was dressed up as a queen in a song sequence. A week later she was offered the role.
Suman who played the villain in Sivaji: The Boss, signed on to play the villain, Pazhaiveetan Chandu and Sarath Kumar, who will make his debut in Malayalam cinema after many years in Kollywood, will play Edachena Kunkan, the chief lieutenant to ‘Pazhassi Raja’.
The film's score and soundtrack is written by acclaimed composer Illayaraja. The score was recorded in Hungary, with the prestigious Hungary Symphony Orchestra. The sound designing is done by Oscar Award Winner, Resul Pookutty. The film will subsequently be dubbed and released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi on the same date.