Top producer Allu Aravind will be releasing the Malayalam film Mamangam in Telugu. On the occasion of the film’s trailer launch, the producer revealed a conversation between him and Mammootty from ten years ago.
“When the Telugu film Swati Kiranam was happening, I heard that K. Viswanath was roping in a Malayalam actor called Mammootty as the lead actor. I was slightly skeptical about the film doing well and wondered why Viswanath chose Mammootty as the lead. But once I saw the film, I was spellbound by Mammootty’s acting and couldn’t even get up from my chair,” Allu Aravind said.
Adding that he didn’t know much about the actor then, he went on, “Soon, I met him and got to know him. And around then, I called him, saying that I had a great role for him, and it was for a villain’s character. He simply replied, ‘Can you ask the same to Chiranjeevi?’ and I put my phone down.”
Now, Mammootty is the lead actor in the Telugu version of Mamangam, which is a historical drama.
“The story reveals around love, betrayal and revenge, and connects to every part of India, not only Kerala. We have erected big sets to bring back the feel of the sixteenth century, which is when the story took place,” says Mammootty, who has dubbed his voice in Telugu, although even according to him, he took time and struggled to dub in the language.