Irupatham Noottandu (1987), directed by K. Madhu starring Malayalam superstars Mohanlal and Sureshgopi in the lead, was one of the biggest Malayalam hits in the eighties. Made with a budget of 16 lakhs, it grossed 3 crores in box office collections. Now, we are all set to see its sequel Sagar alias Jackie - Reloaded, being directed by Malayalam's most stylish director Amal Neerad of Big B fame and produced by Antony Perumbavoor under the banner of Ashirvad films. Sagar alias Jackie - Reloaded, made with a budget of five crores, will be a stylish thriller on the lines of the Tamil film Billa.
The original (Irupatham Noottandu) was about Sagar alias Jackie (Mohanlal), a smuggler who runs a clandestine gold smuggling business for Shekharan Kutty (Suresh Gopi), son of the State Chief Minister. Later, Jackie stops his business and spends his personal time pining for a girlfriend (Urvashi). Meanwhile, Ashwathy (Ambika), a reporter for a news magazine, publishes a sensational article connecting Jackie to the Chief Minister. It creates an uneasy relationship between Sekharan Kutty and Jackie leading to their open confrontation. In the climax, Jackie guns down Shekharan Kutty.
In the sequel, Jackie, after killing the Chief Minister's son, escapes from India to Dubai where he gradually becomes a big underworld don. However, he returns to Kerala as his enemies try to trap him in an explosives case. How he sorts them out is the story in a nutshell. The film is scripted by S.N. Swamy, who also did the scripting for the original. Cinematography is by the director himself.
Notably, Pranav Mohanlal, son of Malayalam superstar Mohanlal, is all set make his first-ever screen appearance as an actor alongside his father in this film. Pranav, who is studying in 12th standard in an Ooty Boarding School, plays a youth who takes on daddy Mohanlal, an underworld don. The scenes of the real father and son were shot on the streets of Dubai recently. The onlookers at the shoot say Pranav looks just like young Mohanlal in his debut film Manjil Virinja Pookal (1980).
Heroine Bhavana appears as a CNN reporter named Namitha Menon; National award winning actress Shobhana and famous South Indian actress Meena also appear in important roles and Jyothirmayi plays a cameo role. Other cast members include Jagathy Sreekumar, Nedumudi Venu, Suman, Manoj K. Jayan, Ganesh, Vinayakan, Baiju, Sumeeth, Sreeraman and others. Lyrics are handled by Rio Joy. Gopi Sunder has scored the music. The film is scheduled for release on 26th March, 2009.