Super star Mohanlal is currently filming for director Ajoy Varma’s Neerali at various locations in Mumbai and there were reports that actress Meera Jasmine will play Mohanlal’s heroine in the movie.
However, the makers have denied the reports saying there are two major women characters in the movie played by Nadhiya Moidu and Parvathy Nair respectively, and none of them is Mohanlal’s heroine.
Kannada super star Sudeep has been roped in to play the movie’s main villain. Nassar, Suraj Venjaramoodu and Dileesh Pothen play pivotal roles. Neerali penned by debutant Saju Thomas is a stylized thriller.
Mohanlal has reportedly allotted fifteen days for the filming of Neerali for its first schedule. The filming is progressing in Mumbai and popular cinematographer Santosh Thundiyil is wielding the camera.
Neerali is Ajoy Varma’s first directorial in Malayalam. Earlier, the film maker has directed Bollywood movies like Dus Tola and S.R.K. Ajoy, who has edited hit movies like My Wife’s Murder in Hindi, will handle the editing of Neerali as well.
Apart from director, a number of technicians from Bollywood will also be part of the crew. Santosh Thundiyil had earlier worked in Bollywood movies like Rowdy Rathore, Krrish, Jai Ho and Rustom.
Mohanlal will be seen in three different looks in the movie and the make-artist is Serena Teixeira who has blockbusters like 3 Idiots, Rang De Basanti and Dhoom to her credit.
Action master Sunil Rodrigues who worked in Golmaal Again, Singham Returns and Dilwaale will choreograph the action sequences in Neerali. Sound Designing is by Arun Nambiar (Raanjhanaa, Filmistan).
Uday Prakash Singh who worked in the Akshay Kumar-starrer Toilet Ek Prem Katha and Force 2 is the art director of Neerali. Costumes will be handled by Himanshu Nijhawan and the line producer is Vinod Unnithan who worked in the critically acclaimed Hindi movie Peepli Live and Raees. Dinil Babu is the chief associate while Swati Mittal and Preksha Agarwal who graduated from Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International Institute are the assistant directors.
Neerali is being shot in various locations around Mumbai, Pune, Satara, Mongolia and Thailand. This is the second movie produced by Santosh T Kuruvila under the Moonshot Banner.