Mamangam: Post-production work for this Mammooty starrer is progressing rapidly!
Mammooty's Mamangam will not have to share its success with any other film. Details inside!
Fans may have reasons to rejoice as reliable sources have confirmed that the post-production work of Mammooty's much-awaited historical drama Mamangam is progressing well and that the film will be ready in a couple of months. The movie will feature Prachi Tehlan, Anu Sithara, Unni Mukundan and Prachi Desai in significant roles. The first look of Mamangam released earlier in June and had created ripples on social media. It had ranked third on Twitter India trending list for an entire week and since, sources have confirmed that the shooting for the movie was completed and the film has moved to its post-production stage, the excitement has increased as the project had seen too many roadblocks while the shooting was underway. Even the director of the movie was replaced half-way through the first shooting schedule.
Though the makers of the movie have not officially confirmed this, sources say that the movie will likely hit the screens for Dusshera this year, which falls on October 8. The release date shows a strategical advantage: the Dusshera season is not a busy one in Kerala and there are rarely any big releases planned for that time of the year. Indeed, there are no movies slated for release in that week, which will help to make sure that Mamangam will not have to share revenue with another new movie. Rumours indicate that nearly 400 theatres have been charted for the movie, probably because no other big releases have been announced in that time slot. The marketing model for the movie is thought to be very similar to that of Mohanlal’s Lucifer, which was the first-ever Malayalam movie to zoom into the Rs. 150-crore box office club.
For those who do not know, Mamangam was a month-long festival that happened annually on the banks of the mighty Baharatha Puzha at Thirunavaya, in the Malabar region. The festival dated back to the age of the Chera dynasty and eras later, it was taken up by the Zamorins and Kolathiri rulers, who regularly sent suicide squads comprising of teenage warriors to try and assassinate each other. This, because there was a written contract between the feuding Zamorins and Kolathiris that whoever can fight their way to the Vanderi Chitrakootam point, wins the rights to conduct the Mamangam. The feud went on for 400 years and though no suicide squad has made a lasting legend, there is a folk song praising the bravery of the squad led by Chengazhi Nambiar in 1505, which nearly decimated the ranks of Zamorin’s security forces. Another boy warrior named stuck through the songs is 16-year-old Chandrathil Chandunni Nambiar, who fought through and wounded the Zamorin in the year 1695. Though we do not know which story will feature in Mammooty’s Mamangam, it surely deals with the suicide warriors called ‘Chaveru’ in Malayalam.Read More