The cast and crew members of Kanal arranged a surprise birthday cake for the actor at the day of his joining; as he was not available on his birthday. Mohanlal celebrated his 55th birthday on May 21st, in Japan.
The actor was supposed to join the sets of Kanal by the first week of June. But the filming of the movie, which is directed by Padmakumar, has been preponed due to undisclosed reasons.
Padmakumar has earlier directed Mohanlal in the action thriller Shikkar, which was a decent success at box office. Kanal is an ambitious project for the director, who is going through a low phase in his career.
The role essayed by Anoop Menon was earlier offered to Prithviraj; which the actor turned down due to his tight schedule. Kanal is produced by Abraham Mathew, under the banner Abaam Movies.