Mohanlal has confirmed that he is starting the film from January 1, 2009. Irupatham Nootandu was made at a cost of Rs. 16 lakhs and went on to make a whooping profit of Rs. 1.60 crore those days for its producer Aroma Mani. It also paved the way for Mohanlal's stardom.
The original version, written by S.N. Swamy, was a racy entertainer about Sagar alias Jackie (Mohanlal), a smuggler who runs a clandestine gold smuggling business for State Chief Minister's son Shekharankutty (Suresh Gopi). Later, Jackie stops the smuggling business and spends his time pining for a girlfriend (Urvashi).
Meanwhile, Ashwathy (Ambika), a magazine reporter publishes a sensational article connecting Jackie to the Chief Minister. It pushes an uneasy relationship between Sekharankutty and Jackie into an open confrontation. In the climax, Jackie guns down Shekharankutty amidst a large number of security men at an airport.
Now, S.N. Swamy has written a new script for the sequel named Sagar Elias Jackie, in which after shooting dead the Chief Minister's son, Jackie escapes from India and arrives in Dubai where he slowly becomes a don. New international problems crop up for Jackie, who still controls Kerala politics sitting in Dubai. How he sorts them out is the story in a nutshell.