In an interview with The Cue, Priyadarshan had revealed that Mohanlal will be joining his film after finishing Barroz and will be making a boxing-themed film. Priyadarshan told Bollywood Hungama that this will be a film about the ups and downs of a boxer from Kerala.
Mohanlal and Priyadarshan have worked together on 29 Malayalam films. Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham is the only one of them that has yet to be released.
“It is the story of a boxer, his rise to fame and then his fall. Mohanlal and I have done all kinds of films together. But we’ve never done a sports film. I’ve always been fascinated by Scorsese’s Raging Bull. So you could say this would be our Raging Bull,” Priyadarshan told Bollywood Hungama.
Raging Bull is a 1980s Martin Scorsese classic film starring Robert De Niro.
He also said that Mohanlal would have to lose 15 kilograms for the film. “And then gain it all back, and add at least ten kilos to show the aging out of shape boxer. Would he be able to do it? Of course he will! Is there anything that Mohanlal can’t do?” said the director.
Priyadarshan also revealed the plans about releasing his upcoming film Marakkar Arabikkadalinte Simham. “We were supposed to release on 12 August. But with Covid raging across some states it seems unlikely. But whenever we release it will be in theatres only. The Kerala Film Distributors Association has promised to give us a 3-week window whenever we release Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham.”
Priyadarshan was planning to launch a sports film with Mohanlal in August 2021. The shooting stalled for months following the expansion of Covid19. Mohanlal is currently at the location of the film Bro Daddy directed by Prithviraj Sukumaran.