Prithviraj Sukumaran and filmmaker Aashiq Abu are coming together for the first time for a period film titled Vaariyamkunnam. The film is based on freedom fighter Vaariyamkunnath Kunjahammad Haji, who led the 1921 Malabar Revolution against the Britishers.
The film will go on floors on the 100th anniversary of the Malabar revolution. Muhsin Parari will be co-directing Vaariyamkunnam with Aashiq Abu. It will be bankrolled by Aashiq Abu, Zikander, and Moideen under their respective production banners.
The title poster of the film was released on Monday.
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ലോകത്തിന്റെ നാലിലൊന്ന് ഭാഗവും അടക്കി ഭരിച്ചിരുന്ന ബ്രിട്ടീഷ് സ്വാമ്രാജ്യത്തിനെതിരെ യുദ്ധം ചെയ്ത് ‘മലയാളരാജ്യം’ എന്ന സ്വതന്ത്ര രാഷ്ട്രം സ്ഥാപിച്ച വാരിയംകുന്നത്ത് കുഞ്ഞഹമ്മദ് ഹാജിയുടെ ചരിത്രം ഞങ്ങൾ സിനിമയാക്കുന്നു. ആസൂത്രിതമായി മറവിയിലേക്ക് തള്ളപ്പെട്ട മലബാർ വിപ്ലവ ചരിത്രത്തിന്റെ നൂറാം വാർഷികത്തിൽ (2021) ചിത്രീകരണം ആരംഭിക്കുന്നു. He stood up against an empire that ruled a quarter of the world. Etched out his own country with an army that waged a never before war against the British. Though history was burned and buried, the legend lived on! The legend of a leader, a soldier, a patriot. A film on the man who became the face of the 1921 Malabar revolution. #Vaariyamkunnan. Filming begins in 2021. On the 100th anniversary. #1921 #MalabarRevolution #1921Revolution #CompassMovies #OPMcinemas @Vaariyamkunnan @aashiqabu @therealprithvi @parari_muhsin
In 1988, veteran director IV Sasi had helmed a project on the 1921 Malabar Revolution. The movie, titled 1921, has an ensemble cast consisting of actors like Mammootty, Seema, Suresh Gopi, Mukesh, Urvashi, among others in prominent roles. The T Damodaran scripted film was a fictionalised representation of the 1921 Malabar Revolution, reported republicworld.com.
Prithviraj has a slew of movies at different stages of production. He will reportedly join the sets of Kaduva soon. The movie, starring Prithviraj in the lead, will mark the return of popular director Shaji Kailas after three years.
He is also expected to start the pre-production work on his next directorial L2: Empuraan. The Prithviraj directorial is the sequel to his 2019's hit movie Lucifer. The forthcoming movie that stars Mohanlal in the lead is penned by actor Murali Gopy.
The actor recently returned from Jordan, where he was shooting for the upcoming Malayalam film, Aadujeevitham. He returned to the country in May, and was in quarantine before reuniting with his family.