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Banking on comedy:Mohanlal plays a private financier while Kavya Madhavan plays an employee of a new-generation bank in ‘Madampi.’

Banking on comedy:Mohanlal plays a private financier while Kavya Madhavan plays an employee of a new-generation bank in ‘Madampi.’  

K. RAJAN

‘Madampi’ is about the clash between two kinds of economies.

The shoot for B. Unnikrishnan’s film ‘Madampi,’ featuring Mohanlal and Kavya Madhavan in the lead, is progressing at Ottappalam and nearby locales. Meant as a July first release, the film presents Mohanlal in a ‘down-to-earth’ image. “Mohanlal’s character in the film is a private financier named Gopalakrishna Pillai who also teaches Malayalam at a tutorial college he runs. The role is tailor-made for him,” says Unnikrishnan, who has also penned the story for ‘Madampi.’

This is the first film in which the script-writer-turned-director is working with his long-time friend and fellow native of his home town, Pathanamthitta.

“The characters in the film have the characteristics of people who hail from that district. We are shooting in Pathanamthitta also,” explains Unnikrishnan.

‘Madampi’ also marks Unnikrishnan’s first attempt to script and direct a comedy.

A break from thrillers

Says the director-scenarist who has made a name for himself with racy thrillers and taut investigative stories: “I wanted a change and so I decided write this one. This is set in a rural milieu where Mohanlal plays a private financier whose business is more important to him than his family. Kavva Madhavan plays an employee of a new-generation bank who reaches the village to open a branch. There is a clash between the two.”

The clash is also between two kinds of economies – one that is visible in several rural areas in Kerala. “Moreover, unlike many Malayalam films that play on the mother-son sentiments, this one dwells on the clash between the mother and the son and there is no syrupy sentimentalism,” adds the director.

Meanwhile an action sequence featuring Mohanlal, Biju Pothan and a few stuntmen was shot inside a rice mill at Mankara a few days back. Art director Joseph Nellikkal has converted the mill into a garage for the film.

After each shot is canned, Mohanlal takes a close look at the visuals canned by cinematographer Venu.

Kavya Madhavan, who has just completed the shoot for the film ‘Twenty-Twenty,’ which features most of the actors in the industry including Mohanlal, says: “My character Jayalakshmi is a professional who has to introduce the concept of banking in a place where an individual (Mohanlal) serves as a bank; Jayalakshmi has been conceptualised as a practical, mature, intelligent, bold and shrewd woman.”

Yet another important lady character in the film is KPAC Lalitha who plays Devaki, Mohanlal’s mother.

Innocent as Karayogam president Divakaran Nair, and Jagathy Sreekumar as advocate Mohan Kumar, have important roles to play in the film. The cast includes Saikumar, Siddique, Maniyanpilla Raju, Jagadeesh, Suraj Venjaramood and Ajmal.

Produced by B.C. Joshi under the banner of Surya Cinemas, the film is slated to complete its schedule of shoot by the first week of June.

Three lyrics penned by Gireesh Puthenchery and Anil Panachooran have been scored by M. Jayachandran. Stills are by Shajil Obsecura.



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