For all those who are in the view that Mammootty has been caring less for his illustrious career ,with being in silly looking films for a while ',this is a good news. His first movie with world renowned director Shaji N Karun, is shaping up well. The second schedule of this movie 'Kuttyshranku' was completed at Kollam and everyone including the megastar is thrilled with the experiences in the film.
Kutty Shranku's plot uses the itineraries of magical realism, to tell the life of Kutty, (the character played by Mammootty) ,through the memories of three women.The story takes place in three decades in three different islands , where kuttyshranku , a boat driver with no whereabouts ,enters into relationship with three women.
The movie has three heroines used as surrealistic impressions of the spirituality of Buddhism, interest in the art forms and other human concerns .Bengali actress Kamalinee Mukherjee, Padmapriya and Meenakumari, a Srilankan actress don the three female leads as the sister of nataka asan Pemena, a mute Kali and revamma, who is a Buddhist. The story is told through the viewpoints of these three heroines, who after the death of Kutty, remember him. Padmapriya who appears a Buddhist monk in the film is going to appear with a bald head in the third schedule of shoot.
Mammootty is working for the first time with Shaji as a director, though Shaji had worked as a cameraman in Mammootty flicks like 'Koodevide' and 'Arappatta kettiya Gramam'. Mammootty who appears in three different get ups in the movie takes this character as a challenge and is in all praise for the director .''We have found some form of chemistry which has worked well for the film", says Mammootty . ''Shaji has a special knack in getting the best out of me and so I am working overtime, learning the steps of 'chavittu natakam' and even crooning a song in my own voice ''.
Mammootty also sang a 'chavittu natakam' based song 'Karikkutty..ente kalel' set to music by Issac Thomas Kottukappally, for the film. Shaji has already shot the visuals of this song, in the first schedule which was shot at Kumarakom.
Scripted by P F Mathews, the movie also has Sai Kumar, Siddique, Suresh Krishna, Amit, Kozhikode Sharadha, and Rajeev Kalamasserry in other important roles. The movie also is the debut venture of cinematographer Anjali Shukla, a former assistant to Santosh Sivan. Anjali's camera is said to be one of the highlights of 'Kutty Shranku' which is being shot utilizing the different climatic ambiance of the state.
'Kutty Shranku' produced by reliance entertainments in the banner of Big Pictures will be aiming for international accolades, rightly so from a crew that is well experienced in the making of master creations and one that had been always showered with awards in the past. With the teaming up of a great director, lead actors and the supporting cast , the movie is expected to end up as a great work, which will be always remembered as a classic.