Keerthi's mother Maneka has been featured as Mohanlal's leading lady in numerous films, including super hits like Boeing Boeing and Poochekkoru Mookuthi.
This is not the first time Mohanlal is working with the daughter of his ex-leading lady. In his film Photographer (2006), he shared the screen with Saranya Bhagyaraj, daughter of Poornima Jayaram, who was opposite him in his first release Manjil Virinja Pookal (1980).
But for Mohanlal such things are of little significance. He says it's part of his profession.
"See, I am currently doing a Tamil film where I worked with Poornima Jayaram after a long time. The story demands that a lady has to be there and in this film it's Keerthi," said the superstar to IANS at the shooting location of Geetanjali.
When asked about Keerthi, Mohanlal, known to be a shy, smiled
and said: "Yes, she is good."
He was waiting to get a call from Priyadarshan for his next shot. However, Priyadarshan who is directing Geetanjali, calls it a feat.
"Oh man, this is something that none of us will ever get to do. This is something phenomenal that he is doing for the second time," Priyadarshan told IANS.
In the film, Mohanlal plays psychiatrist Sunny Joseph and he is called to treat Keerthi after she starts hallucinating, ahead of her marriage.
"The film is a lot different from earlier films of Priyadarshan. As the shooting is progressing, all of us are excited. After all, for an actor, every role is a challenge and I like challenges, hence it's all the more exciting," said Mohanlal, who will completes 35 years Sep 3 as an actor in in the industry.
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- Menaka paired movies...
Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam
Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam is a 1986 Malayalam film written by Sreenivasan and directed by Sibi Malayil. It starred Mohanlal, Menaka, Jagathy Sreekumar, Nedumudi Venu, Mamukkoya, Sukumari, Kunjandi, Sreenivasan, Innocent and KPAC Sunny in major roles. It won the National Film Award for Best Film on social issues.
It is a movie directed by Sreekumaran Thampi starring Mohanlal, Urvashi and Menaka in lead roles. It also marked the return of Suresh Gopi, who started his career as a child artist in Odayil Ninnu in 1965.
Directed by Priyadarshan, the film is based on the 1960 French play Boeing Boeing. The story follows Shyam (Mohanlal) who tries dating more than one air hostess with the help of his friend Anilkumar (Mukesh). It works like a charm at first but things start to crumble later which leads to a series of funny events. Menaka plays Mohanlal's would-be in the film.
Kandu Kandarinju is a 1985 film, having Mammootty Mohanlal and Rahman in the lead. Menaka played the role of Ammini in the film.
Appunni is a romantic comedy film directed by Sathyan Anthikad. The film is based on VKN's story Premavum Vivahavum. The lead roles are played by Nedumudi Venu, Menaka, Bharath Gopi, Mohanlal and Sukumari.
It is a comedy film written and directed by Priyadarshan, with the story adapted from the 1980 Telugu film Gopal Rao Gari Ammayi. The film features an ensemble cast featuring Mohanlal, Shankar, Menaka, M G Soman, Nedumudi Venu, C.I. Paul, Sukumari, Baiju, Jagathy Sreekumar, Kuthiravattam Pappu, and Sreenivasan.
Engane Nee Marakkum
Directed by MS Mani, the movie cast Mohanlal, Adoor Bhasi, Menaka, Shankar in lead roles.
Starring Mohanlal, MG Soman and Menaka, it is a family action-drama about a young man whose atrocities against his brother comes back to haunt him. It is directed by Sasikumar.
Ente Mohangal Poovaninju
Ente Mohangal Poovaninju had Shankar and Menaka along with Mohanlal in lead roles. The film was remade in Tamil as well, with Sivakumar doing the lead.
Directed by Sasikumar, this film is about the issues cropping up inside the family after the marriage of two sons. Mohanlal, Jose Prakash, Swapna, Lalu Alex, Menaka, and Adoor Bhasi appeared in leading roles.