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 budget project.