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Bro Daddy: Prithviraj Announces His Second Directorial Starring Mohanlal

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Credits: (Left) Silverscreen India media library (right) Prithviraj Twitter handle; cropped, resized

Prithviraj Sukumaran, the Malayalam actor and filmmaker, on Friday announced on Twitter that Bro Daddy is the title of his second directorial and it will star Mohanlal in the lead role.

Prithviraj made his debut as a filmmaker with the 2019 Malayalam action-drama Lucifer, which was also headlined by Mohanlal.

Apart from Mohanlal, the upcoming film features an ensemble cast that includes actors Kalyani Priyadarshan, Meena, Lalu Alex, Murali Gopy, Kaniha, and Soubin, as well as Prithviraj himself.

Calling it a “fun family drama”, Prithviraj added that Bro Daddy will be produced by Antony Perumbavoor under the Aashirvad Cinemas banner (which also backed Lucifer). The actor-filmmaker also mentioned that the film will start rolling “very soon”.

Prithviraj shared the film’s poster, which revealed that Bro Daddy is written by Sreejith N and Bibin Maliekal, and the technical crew of the film includes Abinandhan Ramanujam as the cinematographer and music director Deepak Dev.

Credits: Screenshot of Prithviraj’s tweet

Speaking to Silverscreen India, Sreejit, who has previously co-written the Malayalam film Pakida (2014), says, “Basically, I am a designer and I run the company Oldmonks Design that has designed posters for over 200 films. I started to write Bro Daddy about a year and half ago with my colleague Bibin, who handles client servicing at Oldmonks.”

Bibin, who is making his debut as a writer with Bro Daddy, tells us how his collaboration with Sreejith happened. “I initially approached Sreejith for advertising for my own business. Later, I joined Oldmonks and while working together, we also often discussed films. Gradually, Sreejith and I began working on the script from an idea we conceived during our discussions.”

He adds that they used recordings of their conversations to develop the script. “Once we had written the scenes, we gave them to our close friends for feedback. Then, we went back to the recordings and reworked it.”

Sreejith says once the film’s script was finalised, they approached Prithviraj. “My first film as a designer was the Prithviraj-starrer Anwar (2010), so I have known him for a while. We narrated the film to him about a month back. At that time, we didn’t have any idea about the cast and crew and went solely to narrate it to him. But, after hearing the story, Prithviraj loved it and decided to direct it. It was an exciting moment for us,” he adds.

The writers say that Bro Daddy is a “feel-good family-entertainer with casual fun elements,” but add that they cannot reveal much about the film at the current stage.

The film is expected to go on floors next month. But this will depend on the prevailing government rules regarding filming during the pandemic, say the writers.

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