Mammootty | Photo: Siddheekul Akbar / Mathrubhumi
Mammooty has completed 5 decades in the film industry. He has been impressing his audience with unique roles every year. After Michel in 'Bheeshmaparvam' and Sethurama Iyer in 'CBI 5- The Brain', he is all set to surprise his fans with his upcoming movie 'Puzhu'. The movie, directed by debutant Ratheena PT, will stream on SonyLiv from May 13.
'Puzhu' is a very special movie in Mammootty's career. It is for the first time he is associating with a woman director in Malayalam.
In an interview with Mathrubhumi, Mammootty opened up about his character in 'Puzhu'.
Essaying negative role in 'Puzhu'
"The character in 'Puzhu' has an antagonist nature. I can't deny it. But the antagonist is also the protagonist in the film. He got his justifications. But neither others nor the judiciary will justify his actions. I can't reveal more about the character now. If I give any hint, it will lead you to the story," said Mammootty.
Talking about the OTT release of the movie, Mammootty pointed out that only those who got time watch movies in theatres according to their convenience and others will prefer OTT platforms.
There is another group of the audience too. We decided to go for a direct OTT release aiming to attract this kind of audience to the movie, he added.
Teaming up with woman director
"Ratheena used to visit my film sets for a long time. Usually, we will inquire when we find a strange person frequently in the sets. Once, I asked her the purpose of the visit. Then, she revealed her plans to direct a movie, and I listened to the story. But it was a long story and it was very difficult to shoot during the COVID-19 crisis. Later, when I got acquainted with scriptwriter Harshad, I asked him why don't select Ratheena as director for making a movie on his new story. And it kicked off the project," he described
Sharing his experience of working with a woman director, Mammootty pointed out there is not much difference in working with a male or female director.
"Gender is not a matter. All directors say start, action and cut without any difference. Everyone has their perseverance and commanding powers. She did her role in the best way," the megastar added.
"Debutant directors and scriptwriters will always have fresh ideas. The debutants will wish to place me in new characters and new situations," said the actor.
'Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam' and 'Rorschach' are Mammootty's upcoming films.
"At present, details of both films can't be disclosed. So, I want to tell you all to wait for the release," he said.
Interestingly, Mammootty's newly launched production house 'Mammootty Company' is producing both movies.