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Mammotty's loss, Mohanlal's gain

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Friday, June 08, 2007
Mohanlal is getting ready to score another big hit with Ali Bhai, his new film. Shaji Kailash had initially launched Ali Bhai with Mammotty playing the lead role. This was before he started the shooting of Baba Kalyani. This project was postponed midway because its script was not ready. Now that script is ready and everybody is happy with the way it has turned out, shooting is going on in a smooth pace.

While all this happened, Mammooty's became busier than ever and was not able to shoot for the film. It seemed convenient at the time for Mohanlal to take the film up so he accepted the role that was originally Mammootty's.

Director Shaji Kailash had constructed a huge set similar to a market for the shooting of the film. Mohanlal plays the role of Ali Bhai, the trade union leader of market employees. This time around, he has two heroines- Gopika and Navya Nair. The film marks Navya Nairs return to Malayalam after a long break. Her recent movie with Cheran was a Mayakannadi flop.

Alibhai is going to hit the theatres during Onam this year.

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