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Lal donning the role of fisherman


Superstar Mohanlal is getting ready to don the role of a fisherman in Maha Samudram directed by Janardhanan. The role of Izahak is likely to be a break in his career spanning 27 years.

Lal is teaming up with Janardhanan and G.Suresh Kumar who have produced many of his earlier hits including Poochakkoru Mookkuthi, Vishnu Lokam and Aaram Thampuran and hopes to hit it off doing a novel character.

Unlike the 350-odd films that Lal has done, Maha Samudram has something unique. Izahak is no superhuman. He is just another seafarer that one comes across in any of the fishermen's hamlets in Kerala, says Dr. Janardhanan.

"Maha Samudram is all about the love, hatred, romance, rivalry and ego clashes of a group of people who live in the coastal belt.

"Many films featuring the life of fishermen have been made earlier too. But all those were confined to their lives on shore.

"I am focussing on the adventures of Izahak in the high seas. And the sea assumes itself the role of an important character in the film. Tales of strife, rescue, desolation and success, which are intertwined with the larger battle with waves, are featured. At the same time, it is far from being just a documentation of lives of fishermen," he says.

"It is really exciting that Lal is being cast as a fisherman in my next film and it is the first time that he is doing one such," says Suresh Kumar.

"The focus of the story is on two fishing hamlets whose other passion is football," he says.

This is the maiden film from Janardhanan, who had earlier written and directed many television serials.

After being active in amateur theatre for the past 18 years, Janardhanan has taken Ph.D on thematic and theatrical activities in Indian theatre.

Alappuzha is the main location of the film where Amaram - which won Mammootty his second national award - was shot.

Amaram too centred on the life of the fishermen community.

"But the plot has been built up in such a way that it does not resemble in any way either Amaram or Chemmeen. While Amaram was all about paternal affection and Chemmeen a thrust on romance, I am focussing on the life of one character, and through him the life and aspirations of a community at large," says Janardhanan.

Songs by Girish Puthencherry and M.Jayachandran will have the elements of folklore with special accent on melody.

The shooting is scheduled to begin in October.

N.J. Nair

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