Parunthu, which got a mixed response from audiences (maybe
because of the negative role of the superstar as a cut-throat money
lender) and consequently failed to take off, Mammooty is pinning
all his hopes on his upcoming family entertainer Maya
Bazaar, scheduled to release for Ramzan on October 1 or 2.
The shooting for Maya Bazaar, directed by Thomas
Sebastian, has already started at Pollachi and is going on in full
swing. Mammooty has given bulk dates and would wrap up the entire
shoot in 40 days. The film will start its post-production work in
the first week of September.
In the film written by T.A Razak, Mammooty plays the role of
'Akkiri' Ramesh who buys old cars, dismantles them and sells the
spare parts, operating out of Maya Bazaar, the market where spare
parts are sold.
Rajan P. Dev
will play the role of his father, while Salim Kumar and Sooraj
Venjaranmoodu will be his friends.
Maya Bazaar has some new faces. Sheela of
Elavattam fame will be one of the heroines. Another
actress in an important role in the movie is Tisca Chopra, who has
acted in Taare Zameen Par and Hyderabad Blues 2;
Manoj Pillai is the cameraman; Rahul Raj is the music director.
Maya Bazaar is produced by Saji S. Mangalath.
Mammooty's other most-talked-about project is Pazhassi
Raja, a historical film about Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja,
popularly known as the Lion of Kerala, who was a king in the 18th
century from the Kottayam royal family. The film is being directed
by Hariharan and Mammooty plays the title role.