The teaser of Tovino Thomas starrer Minnal Murali dropped on Monday evening. The movie helmed by Basil Joseph is being bankrolled by Sophia Paul under her Weekend Blockbusters banner that had earlier commissioned movies like Bangalore Days and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol. The multilingual will release in five languages – Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Kannada, thereby paving the way for Weekend Blockbusters to venture into other regional languages.
The teaser begins with an announcement asking the people of a town to report to the police immediately about a notorious masked individual ‘Minnal Murali’ (Tovino). He seems to be creating chaos, assaulting policemen, and even pulling off a heist while also being the lucky mascot of a public bus in the town. We’re then introduced to the charming and playful Tovino who seems to have some crazy tricks up his sleeve be it lifting a car with one hand, sending men up in the air like the quintessential superhero, quirkily shooting balloons and putting things back in its place impulsively.
Actors Prithviraj and Fahadh Faasil launched the Malayalam teaser, Vijay Sethupathi and Keerthy Suresh the Tamil one, Yash the Kannada one, Abhishek Bachchan and Arjun Kapoor the Hindi one, and Rana Daggubati the Telugu one.
All the best to #TovinoThomas, #BasilJoseph, #WeekendBlockbusters and the entire team of #MinnalMurali! Here is the official teaser! 😊
— VijaySethupathi (@VijaySethuOffl) August 31, 2020
— Yash (@TheNameIsYash) August 31, 2020
Malayalam cinema’s first superhero makes a magnum opus entry. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting #MinnalMurali .Here is the Hindi teaser titled #MisterMurali @ttovino@sofiathomas@shaanrahman@iBasil@cedinp@greatkevu@bijuantony @shaneemzhttps://t.co/kWPVqoWN2w pic.twitter.com/oQP7nJ4Vv6
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) August 31, 2020
While the film has been titled Minnal Murali in Malayalam and Tamil, the Hindi version is Mister Murali, the Kannada version is Minchu Murali, and the Telugu version is Merupu Murali. The film has reportedly been made on a high budget.
Touted to be a superhero flick, the team has roped in Sameer Thahir for the camera, Shaan Rahman for music, Manu Manjith for penning lyrics, Baahubali fame Manu Jagadh for art, and Livingston Mathew for editing. Hollywood action director Vlad Rimburg, who has been a part of films like Will Smith‘s Gemini Man, The Last Witch Hunter, Netflix’s original series Lucifer, Baahubali 2, and Salman Khan‘s Sultan, has handled the stunt for Minnal Murali. While Melwy J has designed costumes, the special design for the superhero costume has been done by Deepali Noor.
Months back, right-wing groups had demolished the sets of a church constructed for the film in Kaalady claiming that it was done because it was near a temple and was constructed illegally without the necessary permission. The wrecking caused hardship to Tovino, Sofia Paul, and Basil as the set was crucial to the film and had a huge amount splurged on its construction. Tovino had said in a statement that the Minnal Murali team had decided to go ahead with legal proceedings against the religious fanatics.
The film shot entirely in Kerala features actors Guru Somasundaram, Aju Varghese, Femina George, Sneha Babu, Shelly Nabu Kumar, P Balachandran, Baiju Santhosh, Surjith, Harisree Ashokan, Mamukkoya, Bijukuttan, and many others in important roles.
The Minnal Murali is streaming on YouTube.