Malayalam superstar Mohanlal was last seen taking part in a cleanliness drive in Kerala to support PM Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
Today, Mohanlal gave a pleasant surprise to his fans by announcing his next project. He shared the news on his Facebook page saying, "“Here's announcing my next project to be shot soon after Odiyan. The Movie is yet to be titled and Direction by Ajoy Varma and scripted by Saju Thomas. This would be under the banner of Moonshot Entertainment , produced by Santhosh T Kuruvilla and Co produced by John Thomas and Mibu Jose Nettikadan." (SIC)
Mohanlal is currently busy shooting for his upcoming thriller Odiyan, which is directed by VA Shrikumar Menon. The story is about Odiyan people belonging to a tribal community of Palakkad-Malabar region.
In an interview with Times of India, the director Menon said, "The movie is set in the pre-electricity days, and revolves around the life of an Odiyan. The Odiyans were hired to scare people in the dark. If you have an enemy, you could call the Odiyans and ask them to scare him off. You give them 'Odi' which is a ritual where you give them a particular fee and some liquor. They would dress up as some animal and scare the person in the dark."
He also added, "Odiyans do not have any aim to kill others. It is to be noted that the Odiyan tribe is now extinct."
In the movie, Mohanlal plays the last surviving Odiyan from the rural Kerala. Odiyan also has Manju Warrier in the female lead, along with Prakash Raj in a significant role.
Produced by Antony Perumbavoor, Odiyan will be shot at various locations of Palakkad, Pollachi, Udumalpet, Banaras, and Hyderabad. The movie has been scripted by Harikrishnan, who won the National Award for his script for Kutty Srank.
Mohanlal is also currently awaiting the release of Villain, a crime thriller, which is directed by B Unnikrishnan.