Perhaps, it was very exciting news recently in Malayalam film industry that Sumalatha, one of the most popular actresses from the mid eighties to the nineties, would soon return to Malayalam after a long time with the upcoming Prithviraj movie Calendar, directed by debutant Mahesh.
Disappointingly, the actress, who initially agreed to enact an important role as actress Navya's mother in this film, has opted out of the project. But why? She is unable to fulfill the contract due to her involvement in a tight political campaign by her husband politician-turned-Kannada superstar Ambareesh for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka.
Next, director Mahesh approached another popular South Indian actress Mohini for the same role, but she too declined. Next was the turn of actress Sita, refused the role due to the tight schedule in her call sheet.
It is now said that noted Malayalam and Tamil actress Rohini (ex-wife of late actor Raghuvaran) has finally agreed to enact the role. In Calendar, Rohini will play a character named Thangam George, a widowed professor who lives for her only daughter Kochu Rani (Navya Nair). In her career spanning more than 23 years, it is the first time that Rohini accepts the role of a widow.
In 2007, Rohini played a prominent role as Nirmala, wife of violinist Issac played by Lal, in director Ranjith's Mohanlal starrer Rock n Roll, marking her re-entry into Malayalam after a long gap. She also appeared in Thalappavu (2008) by actor-director Madhupal.
Planned as a hilarious comedy, Calendar will have Prithviraj in the lead as Sojashan Olikkara. Other cast members include Mukesh, Jagadeesh, Jagathy Sreekumar, Vijayaraghavan, Mallika Sukumaran and Sooraj Venjaranmoodu. Babu Janardhanan pens the script for Calendar, which has already started shooting at Kottayam last week. Calendar will be Prithviraj"s Vishu release.