Ekadhanda is the new title of the upcoming Malayalam film directed by debutant Mahesh Parayil, which was earlier tiled Ottakomban.
The makers of the film released the new title poster on Thursday through their social media handle.
In September 2020, actor Mohanlal had launched this film’s motion poster with the title Ottakomban. However, the makers of the film later decided to change the title as it was similar to that of the upcoming Suresh Gopi-starrer.
Speaking to Silverscreen India, director Mahesh said, “We have titled the film Ekadhanda as the central character is a single-tusk elephant.”
Noting that it has been some time since a film about an elephant and a mahout has been seen in Malayalam cinema, the filmmaker added that Ekadhanda will be an action thriller film with family elements.
Ekadhanda is a multi-starrer and one of the pivotal roles will be played by a leading young actor in Malayalam, said Mahesh, adding that the actor’s name will be revealed later. The film also features Rachel David, Deepak Parambol, Nandan Unni, Shaju Sreedhar, Irshad Ali, Jayakrishnan and Major Ravi, among others.
With a screenplay by Nijaygosh Narayanan, Ekadhanda is produced by Shabeer Pathan and Nithin Sainu Mundackal under the Shimoga Creations and Dream Cinemas banners.
The film’s technical crew includes cinematographer Arjun Ravi, editor Shaijlal PV, music composer Ratheesh Vega, and production controller Badusha NM.
Mahesh revealed that the team has been working on this project for over three years. “It is a big-canvas film and we can only begin filming after the Covid-19 situation gets better. The film is currently in the pre-production stage, but we had to stop the process in between due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in Kerala. We are planning to resume the preliminary works, including location scouting, in November,” he said.
Adding that it is challenging to get shooting permission and dates for the elephants, the filmmaker said, “We hope to begin filming in January. The film will predominantly be shot in forests and hills of Idukki, Wayanad and Thodupuzha.”