Photo Source: 'Ayisha' Poster

Manju Warrier, the actor, dancer, producer and singer who predominantly works in the Malayalam film industry, will play the lead role in the upcoming film titled Ayisha. The film’s first look poster was released on Friday, on the occasion of the actor’s birthday.

Ayisha is produced by filmmaker Zakariya along with co-producers Shamsudheen MT, Harris Desom, PB Anish and Zakariya Vavad.

The film is directed by debutant Aamir Pallikkal who has previously assisted Director Zakariya in films like Sudani From Nigeria and Halal Love Story. Ashif Kakkodi who co-wrote Halal Love Story and the upcoming feature Momo in Dubai has written Ayisha’s script. 

Speaking to Silverscreen India, Aamir said, “Ayisha will be a family entertainer film. Manju Warrier plays the titular role, who is a Malayali moving to a gulf country. We are planning to commence filming in the Middle East from Janauary 2022. As of now, we have preferred to shoot in Qatar.”

According to the makers, Ayisha is a multilingual and cross-cultural film that will be released in Malayalam, Arabic and a few other languages as well. Aamir noted that he, along with the writer Ashif, worked for around two years on the subject of the film. “We are treating this as an international film that will appeal to a global audience.”

On casting Manju, Aamir said that the film’s titular role needed someone who has stardom and is well known among the audience. “So Manju was our best option and we believe this character would make a unique mark in Manju’s career. We are currently working on casting other characters and the film will feature some Tamil, Hindi and Arab artists too,” he added. 

The film’s technical crew includes cinematographer Vishnu Sharma, editor Appu N Bhattathiri and music composer M Jayachandran. 

Manju, who was last in Chathur Mukham, has a slew of projects in the pipeline including Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, Jack and Jill, Lalitham Sundaram, Meri Awaz Suno and Kaapa