The release date of 'Ottu' alias 'Rendagam', the eagerly anticipated action thriller from Kunchacko Boban and Arvind Swami, has been postponed. The Fellini TP-directed Malayalam-Tamil bilingual was originally slated to open in theatres on September 2 for Onam, but the producers have since revealed that the movie has been delayed because of a problem with the Tamil version.
The Tamil version had not yet been reviewed by the regional censor board, although the Malayalam version, Ottu, had received a U/A certification. The film's release date has been delayed, according to the producers, "due to certain unanticipated issues affecting our Tamil distribution."
The bilingual nature of the film, according to August Cinema, the film's production house, makes it crucial that both versions hit theatres on the same day. The producers added that a new release date would be disclosed soon.
Arvind Swami will return to Malayalam in Ottu, which also stars Jackie Shroff, after nearly three decades away, and Kunchacko Boban will make his Tamil debut. The movie, which was filmed in Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai, and Pune, also stars Aadukalam Naren, Amalda Liz, and Eesha Rabba in supporting roles. With a high budget and a script by S Sanjeev, the movie stars Arvind Swami as a mobster who apparently has memory loss and Kunchacko as a stranger who poses as his friend.
Due to the abundance of releases around the holiday season, the postponement might actually be a blessing in disguise for the movie. Ottu was originally scheduled to clash with Basil Joseph's Palthu Janwar on September 2, but since the former has been postponed, Sangeeth P Rajan's film has an entire week to make an impression before the release of three major movies on Onam Day: Prithviraj Sukumaran's Gold, Biju Menon's Oru Thekkan Thallu Case, and Siju Wilson's Pathonpathaam Noottaandu.