It looks like Malayalam movie top star Mammootty’s crime thriller Puzhu is set for a direct premiere on the OTT platform.
Even though straight-on-a-streamer is now a regular thing across India’s many (language-wise) film industries, it is only in Malayalam that big heroes agree for such a release.
Mohanlal, Prithviraj, Fahadh Faasil, Kunchacko Boban, Jayasurya, Nivin Pauly, and Tovino Thomas, you name it, all the big names from Mollywood have all gone to a streamer directly. Now, Mammootty is joining this league.’
Puzhu is produced by Dulquer Salmaan
According to a tweet from LetsOTT, a site that tracks streamers, Mammootty’s next release Puzhu has been gobbled up by SonyLIV for an immediate release. However, the report is silent on when the movie will be streamed.
Usually, big stars like Mammootty prefer their movies to have a theatrical release first. But the third wave of the Covid-19 in India has forced many state governments to announce new restrictions at movie halls.
Big movies are making a comeback on the OTT platforms. Small wonder then that the likes SonyLIV, which is increasing its slate of content from the southern film industries, have quickly walked away with the rights for Puzhu, which debutant filmmaker Ratheena PT directs.
Interestingly, the film is produced by Mammootty’s son Dulquer Salmaan and S George’s Cyn Cyl Celluloid. Parvathy Thiruvothu is the female lead in the movie.
Puzhu is about a dad, a son, and a broken relationship.
Going by the film’s teaser, which dropped on New Year’s day, the story seems to revolve around the dysfunctional relationship between a man and his son. Mammootty tells his son in the teaser: “We have to share what we have. It’s good. Only then will we become good human beings.”
He is seen holding the child’s fingers in a manner that suggests that he is about to rap him on the knuckles. This is followed by a scene where the child aims his toy gun at a picture of the character played by Mammootty, hitting his image on the forehead.
Even though Dulquer Salmaan has become a regular producer, this is the first time he is part of his dad’s film as one. The movie is jointly written by Harshad, who has also come up with the story, and the screenwriter duo Suhas-Sharfu. The team is known for its work in acclaimed films like Varathan and Virus.
Parvathy is also working with Mammootty for the first time. Readers may recall that Parvathy had been viciously trolled on social media platforms by Mammootty fans over her position against some scenes in a 2017 movie Kasaba. The actor had termed the scenes misogynic and requested actors to refrain from taking them up.