Priyadarshan's most recent release Oppam, which has
Mohanlal in the lead role is busy breaking box office records, one
by one, and the film is gearing up to emerge as the biggest box
office hit in the history of Malayalam cinema.
Much before Oppam, the duo of Priyadarshan and
Mohanlal, did announce a big budget project, which was supposed to
be shot mainly in Russia. The film was expected to be made under a
budget of 28 Crores. Aparna Gopinath was roped in to do the female
lead in the film.
The makers were planning to release the film in Malayalam,
Russian, Turkish etc. The film was touted to be the costliest film
ever made in Malayalam but the project didn't take off.
Reportedly, Priyadarshan got to hear the story of Oppam
during the pre-production work of the big budget film. The director
who became interested in the thread of Oppam took up the job of
scripting the film.
Later, Priyadarshan decided to take up Oppam before the
Russian film. But, there was a delay in starting the shoot of
Oppam, which eventually led to the clash in dates of
Mohanlal and Priyadarshan. Meanwhile, the climatic conditions in
Russia also prevented the team from beginning the shoot of the big