Mohanlal in and as Marakkar
The most awaited, the most discussed, the new history of Malayalam movies, ‘Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea’ rolled on the silver screens finally at 12 midnight Thursday. The fans welcomed the movie wholeheartedly with music, dance and slogans. The rush for the fans' show was uncontrollable.
There is no movie in the history of Aashirvad cinemas that was discussed at this level. From the switch-on of the movie, the movie was praised and became a wonder to the whole cinephiles. The biggest big-budget movie Malayalam has ever seen, 106 days shooting, year-long post-production works, national award win, delayed release date, OTT rumours, all these gave fans a tedious wait for the movie.
The movie talks about Kunjali, who died for the nation and his heroic events in life. The movie starts with a mind-blowing song and takes the pace slowly with history, myths and imagination. History mixed with a lot of imagination is the highlight of the movie.
Kunjali Marakkar IV was the admiral of the fleet of Samoothiri. His heroism and hardships in life have been beautifully explained in the initial part of the movie itself. The first half talks about his return to the land of Samoothiri and how he became the favourite of that palace. Kunjali takes power when the lawmaker (King) denies justice to the disciples.
“Kunjali hides in the hearts of his people and not even god can touch him” is one of the dialogues in the movie and shows the popularity of Marakkar in the minds of his people.
The movie is a must-watch and a theatre experience. It is a pure audio-visual treat. The sea, the rising tides, ship wars amidst the ocean, fire, blasts everything in the movie and gives goosebumps to the audience. The war between Marakkar and Portuguese soldiers gives adrenaline rushes and chills throughout.
Not only as the magician of the sea, Marakkar also appears as the warrior of the war field who slips in betrayals. The realistic fight sequences are yet another attraction of the movie. The prime highlight is the performance of Pranav Mohanlal as junior Kunjali Marakkar. Pranav has improved a lot as an actor. Siddique appeared as Pattumarakkar and Haresh Peradi did his role best as Mangattachan. Sabu Cyril who did the art is a man who needs a loud round of applause. The Samoothiri palace, the courtyard, the fort, gate of the fort, canons, weapons of the period all were awesome.
The DOP was by Tirru who did commendable work and editing by MS Ayyappan. The film features Suniel Shetty, Arjun Sarja, Prabhu, Ashok Selvan, Manju Warrier, Keerthy Suresh, Nedumudi Venu, Siddique, Mukesh, Pranav Mohanlal, Jay J. Jakkrit, Max Cavenham, and Toby Sauerback in supporting roles. The film was produced by Antony Perumbavoor through Aashirvad Cinemas.