Popular South Indian actor Jayaram's latest Tamil venture Panchamirtham (also spelt Panchamritam), the maiden effort of director Raju Iswaran and producers Abhirami Ramanathan and Nallammmai Ramanathan, is a socio-mythological fantasy which has already earned a very good response from audiences in Tamil Nadu. Released on December 25, 2008, the film has now been dubbed into Malayalam and released in Kerala by Central Pictures.
Panchamirtham's script is based on the popular television serial 'Mayavi Mareechan', telecast on Sun TV. The storyline is taken from the Ramayana. It revolves around Hindu mythological rivals Mareecha and Idumban who both love Mandakini. But Mandakini loves Mareecha. In this film, Mareecha and Idumban come alive and take sides in the battle between love and greed!
Prakashraj plays Ravana and Jayaram, Mareecha. Director Raju Iswaran dons the role of Idumban, a demon who gets punished by Mareecha. Samiksha is the heroine. Also in the cast are Aravind Akash, Saranya Mohan, Tamil comedians Karnas, Ganjakaruppu, M.S. Bhaskar and others. Panchamirtham is produced under the Abhirami Mega Mall banner. Music is by Sundar C. Babu. Debutante Pramod Verma is the cameraman.