Director Fazil, who was on the lookout for a new girl for his
current film, has finalized Aswathy, a final year student at St.
Theresa's College, Ernakulam. Aswathy will play the character of
Nandana opposite Dilip in this untitled film which has started
shooting in Vaikkom. Produced by Johnny Sagarika, it is expected to
grace theatres for Christmas.
Fazil, well-known in Malayalam films as a patron of
family-oriented films, has introduced numerous stars into Malayalam
cinema, including superstar Mohanlal through Manjil Virinja
Pookal (which also introduced Shankar and Poornima) and his
own son through Kaiyethum Doorathu. Other popular actors that Fazil
has introduced are Shalini, Kunchako Boban and Nadiya Moidu. It was
through his film Manichithrathazhu that Shobhana won her
first National Award (Best Actress). Although his earlier films
were super hits, Fazil is not finding much success in the box
office for the past few years.