Malayalam cinema lovers will get to see two of the best minds in the industry uniting for a historical drama. On Monday, it was announced that actor Prithviraj and Aashiq Abu will come together for the first time for a period film drama titled ‘Vaariyamkunnan’, based on the life of the freedom fighter from Kerala. The backdrop of the film will be 1921 Malabar Rebellion. The movie is going on floors in 2021 which marks the 100th anniversary of the revolution.
Muhasin Parari (co-writer of Virus and Sudani from Nigeria) will be co-directing the production. The script is by Harshad and Rameez. Harshad recently wrote the script of Mammootty-starrer Unda. Zikander and Moideen, under the banner of Compass Movies Ltd are bankrolling the film. Cinematographer Shyju Khalid (Kumbalangi Nights,Anjaam Paathira) will be a part of the team alongside Saiju Sreedharan(Virus,Kumbalangi Nights). Costumes are by Sameera Sanish.
Prithviraj will essay the role of Variyan Kunnath Haji, a self-made Sultan, who established his own parallel government and formed an army to fight against the British. In his post announcing the film, Prithviraj wrote: “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. Through history was burned and buried, the legend lived on! The legend of leader, a soldier, a patriot. A film on the man who became the face of the 1921 Malabar Revolution.# Vaariyamkunnan.” According to the team, the film will narrate the untold story of this legendary revolutionary and his fight against the British.