A fourth collaboration between the actor, director Dileesh Pothan and scriptwriter Syam Pushkaran, the film is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
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According to the press release, the plot is filled with “greed, ambition, murder, and mystery”. The story revolves around Joji (played by Faasil) an engineering dropout and the youngest son of the rich plantation owing family, who aspires to become a wealthy NRI. But his father looks down on him and considers him a loser. Driven by greed and blind ambition, Joji decides to execute his plans following an unexpected event in the family.
Speaking about his character, the C U Soon actor who has made a mark in the thriller genre, said, “The moment I got to know about my character and his journey, I knew I had to be a part of the movie. I love to watch movies with unconventional plot twists, and Joji definitely packs in some surprises. I give myself enough time to understand my character and essentially become it, but Joji is one such character that had an edge to it which made the role interesting and appealing to me.”
“The story will keep audiences hooked till the end,” the director said in a statement.
Joji also stars Baburaj, Shammi Thilakan, Alistar Alex, Unnimaya Prasad, Basil Joseph, and Sunny PN. The film was reportedly shot primarily in Mundakkayam and Erumeli in Kerala.
The film is produced by Bhavana Studios in association with Fahadh Faasil and Friends & Working Class Hero.
Vishal Bhardwaj’s 2004 Hindi film Maqbool, starring Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Pankaj Kapur in lead roles, was also based on the Shakespearean tragedy.