With Indira formally being launched with a pooja ceremony in Kochi on Saturday, the makers also released the film’s title poster on social media. Produced by Ramesh P Pillai under the Abhishek Films banner, the film is written by Shanu Samad, who previously directed the 2019 film Muhabathin Kunjabdulla.
Speaking to Silverscreen India, the film’s production manager Nibin Navas says, “Indira is set to be a feel-good entertainer. We have begun filming on Saturday. This marks the first collaboration between Asha and Somasundaram.”
On roping in Somasundaram and Asha, Navas says that they required older artists, preferably around the 40+ age group for the characters, and the team found that the duo seemed to be a perfect fit.
Talking about how the film took off, Navas mentions, “Vinu, Samad and I have been friends for a long time. One day we were at a coffee shop and Samad was talking about a few story ideas he had. One of them was Indira, and we all thought it would be great to work on this project. Later, we pitched it to Badusha, the project designer, Nelliz, the creative director and the production house and they immediately came on board. The production team has been very supportive in taking this project forward, without any delay.”
Indira‘s pre-production began a few months, earlier. The team is planning to wrap up in 23 days, and is predominantly being shot at Fort Kochi and Kakkanad.
It may be noted that Navas had earlier worked as the project designer for Escape, the survival thriller film led by Gayathri Suresh and Sreevidya Mullachery, for which filmmaker Vinu had shared his creative inputs. The production manager also adds that Vinu’s other upcoming Malayalam film titled Santa Maria, starring actor Babu Antony, is currently in the discussion phase.
Meanwhile, Somasundaram, who rose to fame with his performance in the super-hero film Minnal Murali, has a line-up of Malayalam films including the Mohanlal-starrer Barroz, Chera, Kapp and Her. Asha, who was last in CBI:5, has several upcoming projects such as Peace and Paappan.