Thiruvananthapuram, April 1 (Calcutta Tube) Cinematographer-cum-director Santosh Sivan’s historical epic ‘Urumi’ opened to rave reviews and he says in the next two months, the film will be released in other languages as well.
‘This is a Malayalam production speaking different languages. In the next two months, the Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and English versions will be released,’ Sivan told reporters here.
Released Thursday, ‘Urumi’ is set in the backdrop of the fierce warrior clans of Northern Kerala in the sixteenth century and focuses on Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar, played by Prithviraj, a man with an epic mission to kill Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer.
Prabhu Deva, Genelia D’Souza, Tabu and Vidya Balan also form the cast of the film.
‘The film was shot in very interior Maharashtra and we also relied on sets for the shooting,’ he said.
Sivan and Prithviraj have co-produced ‘Urumi’ with Mumbai-based Moleena.
Excited Prithviraj said that he has decided to put in his personal wealth to produce ‘Urumi’ with Shaji Natesan.
‘Santosh Sivan could have done this film in any language because of his talent, but after talks with all of us and with an objective to take Malayalam films into a new realm outside the country, he decided that Malayalam was the best medium,’ said Prithviraj.
‘I was involved with this film from the start to finish, so I am really excited. It took 100 days to shoot the film… 450 people were with us to make the film,’ added Prithviraj, who refused to answer questions about his marriage.
Apart from the technical brilliance, major highlight of ‘Urumi’ is the script by Sankar Ramakrishnan, who had gone through several precious documents to prepare it.
‘History is the backdrop of the film, but we have created it on a fictional platform,’ said Ramakrishnan.
Genelia plays an important role in the film and said: ‘I have been in the industry for the past seven years and this is my second Malayalam film and it was really exciting. Santhosh never even allowed me to smile during the shoot.’