Mamangam, the big-budget period drama starring Mammootty, will now release on 12 December 2019. The film was initially scheduled to release in theatres in three south Indian languages – Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil – and Hindi on November 21. The film’s extensive VFX work has reportedly caused the delay.
Mamangam, directed by G Padmakumar and produced by Venu Kunnappilli, is set against the backdrop of the 17th century martial arts festival ‘Mamangam’, which used to be held once every 12 years at Thirunavaya on the banks of the Bharathapuzha river. Mammootty plays a Kalari warrior in the film which has a stellar cast that includes Unni Mukundan, Anu Sithara, Achuthan, Siddique, Manikkuttan, Manikandan Achary, Tarun Arora, Prachi Tehlan, Kaniha, and Iniya. Manoj Pillai is the cinematographer, Raja Mohammad is the editor, and M Jayachandran is the film’s music composer. Veteran Bollywood stunt choreographer Shaam Kaushal is also part of the crew.
There are a number of high-profile Malayalam films that have also delayed their release. Trance, directed by Anwar Rasheed and starring Fahadh Faasil, was scheduled to arrive in theatres in December 2019. However, now it’s known that the film might release only in February 2020. Similarly, the release of Mohanlal’s Big Brother, directed by Siddique, has also been postponed to 2020.