The movie, to be directed by Albert, is a based on the life history of Ayyappan Pillai Madhavan Nair, who was known as Nair San in Japan. Leading Japanese actress Shunsuken Matosuoka will probably star opposite Mohanlal in this film depicting the era between 1920 and 1970.
Nair San was a leading industrialist and a prominent figure among Japanese citizens. A native of Thiruvananthapuram arrived in Japan via Srilanka as an engineering student during the Indian Independence struggle. On completing his studies, he settled down in Japan and married a Japanese girl. He played a vital role in the freedom movement of India. Nair San collaborated with several freedom fighters from India who arrived in Japan at that time, including Subhash Chandra Bose, to fight against the British rulers. Nair discontinued his studies and became Subhash Chandra Bose's Japanese translator. He was one of the leaders of Indian National Army formed by Netaji. He travelled extensively in Manchuria, China, and other Asian countries as an anti-British propagandist. However, he was never involved in the political affairs of India after its independence.
Nair San lived in Japan for over half a century and spent several years in Manchuria. There, he was an unofficial advisor to the Manchukuo Government and the Kwangtung Army. He also conducted an anti-colonial Movement against British imperialism in India and other parts of Asia, said director Albert. He also was awarded the order of Merit of the Sacred Treasure by Emperor Hirohito in 1984.
Interestingly, when India won the 1964 Olympics hockey gold medal, the national anthem played was that of Pakistan, by mistake. And it was Nair San, the global Malayalee, who was the one to point out the mistake and rectify it. Nair San is the owner of world famous Ginza Nair Restaurant in Tokyo.