Mohanlal’s highly anticipated Marakkar: Arabikkaladinte Simham will hit theatres on March 26, according to reports. Director Priyadarshan was all set to release his magnum opus just before the lockdown was announced in March last year.
Recently, Priyadarshan said he was not worried about the delay in the film’s release. “It’s my dream film and the biggest challenge was to recreate the 16th century. It’s made on a budget of Rs 100 crore, the highest in my career. Half of it is about a naval war and set in the sea. The lead character is the first Indian Naval Commander and I’m happy with the result,” he told the Times of India.
Mohanlal plays the titular role of Kunjali Marakkar IV, who was the naval chief of the Zamorin of Calicut. Priyadarshan had said that leading artists from Britain and also Bollywood, Tollywood will also be featured in the movie. Produced by Antony Perumbavoor and Ashirvad Cinemas, the film is touted to be the most expensive Malayalam film yet.
The Kerala government has permitted movie theatres in the state to function with 50 per cent seating capacity from January 5.