Director Lenin Rajendran's 'Edavappathi' will be ready for release in January next year.

The shooting is in the final stage, Lenin said. The film tells the tale of Tibetans who wish to return to their homeland.

"Most of the shooting has been done in Bylakuppe, the Tibetan settlement in Karnataka state. Kullu Manali is another place where the film has been canned besides Hampi (Karnataka) and also a bit here," said Lenin at a press meet attended by the cast and crew of 'Edavappathi'.

Bollywood actor Manisha Koirala plays a central role in the cast that includes 'Yodha' fame Siddhartha Lama and Uthara Unni.

Manisha said that she is excited to be back to act in a Malayalam film and that too in one directed by Lenin Rajendran. " I really enjoyed working in this new film which is a period movie and has an artistic touch," said the actor.

"I am so happy to be back in Malayalam films and I really wish, I could act once again with Mohanlal," said Siddhartha Lama, who is employed in Nepal.

Award-winning cinematographer Madhu Ambat who cranks the camera for the film, said that since the characters have a mix of modernity and myths, he enjoyed working for the film as he has played a lot with darkness in the film.

"The film has a deep contrast of light and shadows and I have seen that. I have been able to bring out the internal landscape of every character. More than the locations, I have used the darkness," said Madhu Ambat.