The third trailer of Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea gave us glimpses of the hot-blooded warfare we can expect. Mohanlal’s Marakkar is all set to make the right kind of noise on December 2nd. We all know that you are excited to watch the film. But before you do, here are a few things you need to know about the movie.
Produced by Antony Perumbavoor, the cast of Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham includes amazing actors like Suniel Shetty, Keerthy Suresh, Manju Warrier, Kalyani Priyadarshan and Siddique. The film is set to be released in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.
The film is based on the life of Kunjali Marakkar, a freedom fighter and Kerala’s first naval commander who fought against the Portuguese annexation.
It was during the shoot of Kalapani in 1996 that Priyadarshan had the idea of making a film on Marakkar. It took many years in the making because getting access to historical writings on Marakkar was difficult.
If you ever visit Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, you can catch sight of Marakkar’s film set. The film’s art director, Sabu Cyril, had to visualise the set in the sea as most of the battles occurred there.
The film won three awards at the 67th National Film Awards for Best Feature Film, Best Special Effects, and Best Costume.
It is believed to be the most expensive film ever made in the history of Malayalam cinema. A whopping 100 crores were spent to make the film.
Priyadarshan believes that Marakkar is on a scale bigger than Baahubali because it is rooted in Kerala’s history. He shared, “The former was fiction, while this is history. We Indians are way behind others in celebrating our patriotic spirit, except in cricket stadiums. We must celebrate our heroes.”
Mohanlal’s son, Pranav, plays the role of young Kunjali in the film. In an interview with Grihalakshmi, Pranav’s mother Suchitra shared, “I’m proud of my son. Now, he became a mature actor. Maybe ‘Marakkar’ will give a big break in his career. He beautifully acted the scene which portrayed the death of Kunjali’s mother. I think he may be broken into tears naturally. When I was watching the scene, I realised the intensity of my Appu’s love towards me. His laughs and tears in the movie were dedicated to me.“
Mohanlal’s Marakkar was promoted on a cruise, a first in Malayalam cinema. The promotional event was held in the luxury yacht Nefertiti in association with Manorama Online and Jain International School of Creative Arts.
Are you thrilled to watch Mohanlal’s Marakkar?