Mohanlal’s ‘Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham’ wins National Award for Best Feature Film

Actor Mohanlal’s Malayalam film Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham won the National Award for ‘Best Feature Film’ much to the delight of ‘Lalettan’ fans.It has been directed by ace filmmaker Priyadarshan and is touted to be the biggest Mollywood film of all time. The period drama revolves around the life of a Naval admiral and is likely to be a treat for the masses.

The biggie has a star-studded cast that includes Suniel Shetty, Arjun Sarja, Manju Warrier, Kalyani Priyadarshan, and ‘Mahanati’ Keerthy Suresh. There were talks of Kannada star Sudeep being part of the film but this is yet to be confirmed. Marakkar was supposed to hit the screens last year but that did not happen due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is slated to release in theatres in multiple languages on May 13. Many feel it may help Malayalam cinema scale new heights just the way Baahubali opened new avenues for Telugu cinema.

Mohanlal, meanwhile, is gearing up for the release of the action-comedy Aaraattu, expected to hit the screens in August. The film features Shraddha Srinath as the leading lady and marks her return to Mollywood after a hiatus. She  had started her acting career with the 2015 release Kohinoor.

Mohanlal is also set to  reunite with Drishyam 2 helmer Jeethu Joseph for the movie Ram, which was put on hold due to the pandemic. The ‘Complete Actor’ is also set to turn director with the fantasy drama Barroz.

The buzz is that the high-profile film will star actor Prithviraj, the director of Mohanlal’s blockbuster Lucifer, in the lead role. There have been talks of him collaborating with Telugu actor Jr NTR for a movie to be helmed by ‘Guruji’ Trivikram Srinivas. If things work out, the film will mark his second collaboration with the ‘Young Tiger’. The two had previously teamed up for the commercially-successful Janatha Garage