Mammootty’s historical movie Mamangam releases today. The big-budget film has been directed by M Padmakumar. Prior, Sanjeev Pillai had been roped in to coordinate the element. In any case, because of differed reasons, the activity, at last, fell into Padmakumar’s lap.
“It was done in the interest of the film. Nobody does it happily. It is not a pleasant thing to do. We were left with no option but to take that step. He (Sanjeev) went to courts, and courts upheld that whatever we did was right, including Kerala High Court. So, that’s been an unpleasant experience,” Vivek Ramadevan, Executive Producer of Mamangam.
The film is based on the Mamankam celebration. It recounts to the tale of ‘Chavers’ (suicide warriors) who intend to topple the Zamorin ruler. Aside from Mammootty, Mamangam highlights Unni Mukundan, Kaniha, Anu Sithara, Tarun Raj Arora, Prachi Tehlan, Sudev Nair, Suresh Krishna, Manikuttan and Siddique among others.
Prior, while discussing the film with indianexpress.com, Prachi Tehlan had clarified how and why she thinks Mamangam is not quite the same as other chronicled dramatizations.
“Beauty of Mamangam is that it is a non-fiction film. The Malayalam film industry is very content-driven. The films are intelligently and beautifully made. People of Kerala are excited about Mamangam as the story belongs to their history but being from the North, I would like the entire country to know about the festival that was celebrated for 280 years just like Kumbh Mela in North. So, this is a story of unsung heroes. Also, the film has been mostly shot in real locations,” Prachi said.
While the principal photography had begun in February 2018 itself, after a new director was brought in, the filming began again from scratch in January 2019. The film had entered its last leg of shoot in May this year.
Prior, while addressing PTI, Mammootty had stated, “It is a major scene to be recollected and unfortunately very little motion pictures are made on it. Motion pictures are the best medium to educate and tell individuals about history. It is a period film however not legends. It is about the battle between two gatherings and about equity, which ought to be conveyed.”
Mamangam has been bankrolled by Venu Kunnappilly with a script by Sanjeev Pillai. The songs have been composed by M Jayachandran.