Malayalam superstar Mohanlal released the first look motion poster of Odiyan, which marks the debut of VA Shrikumar Menon. Shrikumar Menon will also direct Mohanlal's Rs 1000 crore project The Mahabharata. According to reports, Odiyan is one of the most expensive projects in the history of Mollywood. 



The poster was released on Mohanlal's Facebook page. The poster shows Mohanlal in a young avatar, with a trendy hairdo and an enigmatic smile.


According to Times Of India, the story is about Odiyan, people belonging to a tribal community of Palakkad-Malabar region. In an interview, the director 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. The music is by M. Jayachandran, and the action scenes are choreographed by the stunt director of Pulimurugan, Peter Hein.

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.

Here we have a few films, where Mohanlal blew you away with his performances 


1) Spadikam: Mohanlal’s performance won him the Kerala State Film Award. The versatile actor also won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of a young man who becomes a village rowdy. The film was the second-highest grossing films of 1995. It was later remade in all south Indian languages.



2) Vanaprastham: Mohanlal’s superlative performance as a Kathakali dancer makes this film a must watch. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (AFI Fest) in 1999 and it was also screened at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. It is considered to be Mohanlal’s best performance and one of the greatest Malayalam films of all time.


3) Bharatham: The film is mainly known for its music that is primarily Carnatic classical and semi-classical. The film was a critical and commercial success. Mohanlal won the National Award for his impeccable performance. Popular magazine Forbes included Mohanlal's performance in the movie on its list, 25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema. The film was remade in Tamil as ‘Seenu’ by P Vasu. The songs of this movie were instant hits.




4) Drishyam: The film won numerous accolades including the Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film and the Filmfare Award for Best Film – Malayalam and screened at the 45th International Film Festival of India and the 8th Asian Film Festival. It was remade into four other Indian languages including Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi and is being remade in Sinhalese as Dharmayuddaya. It was the first Malayalam film to collect ₹50 crore from the box office.


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5) Thoovanathumbikal: This romantic film is ranked in the list of greatest Indian films of all time. The film had Mohanlal’s character falling for two women at the same time, one is his neighbour and other an escort. The movie enjoys a cult status even decades after its release, in particular among the youth.



6) Kilukkam: The film is, reportedly, inspired by Audrey Hepburn starrer ; Roman Holiday.' It is considered as one of the classics ever made by Priyadarshan. The movie reportedly crossed the collection of Rs 5 crores, making it the first Malayalam film to achieve the feat. Mohanlal won the Kerala Sate Film Award for Best Actor for the film.



7) Manichitrathazhu: The film has an ensemble cast featuring Mohanlal, Shobhana, Suresh Gopi etc. Manichitrathazhu is considered as one of the best thrillers ever made in India as well as one of the best Malayalam films ever made. Later, the movie was remade after nearly ten years in various languages, including Kannada (Apthamitra), Tamil and Telugu (dubbed) (Chandramukhi), Bengali (Rajmohol), and Hindi (Bhool Bhulaiyaa), all being commercially successful.