Actor Mammootty and Director Jeethu Joseph will reportedly team up for a new film. In a recent interview, Jeethu confirmed his project with Mammootty. “We just finalised it a few days ago. I had narrated the story to Mammukka and he liked it. He has agreed to do the movie, but we are yet to decide the dates,” the director said.
The film is an urban thriller and will feature Mamootty in a completely different role. According to reports, Mamootty’s character is more grounded than his recent roles and is ‘a normal person that the audience can relate to’.
Incidentally, a few years after his directorial debut in 2007, Joseph had approached Mammootty for two of his projects – Memories and Drishyam. The roles went to Prithviraj and Mohanlal respectively, at Mammotty’s insistence.
Since his 2007 debut, Jeethu Joseph has made a total of 8 films. Memories, released in 2013, was the director’s third film. It was a box office success, critically acclaimed and was remade in Tamil as Aarathu Sinam. Drishyam, starring Mohanlal, was released in the same year and was regarded as one of his best films. The film won the Kerala State Award for Best Popular Film, and was eventually made into Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi.
Jeethu Joseph is currently gearing up for his next Malayalam thriller – Oozham – starring Prithviraj, Divya Pillai, Resna Pavithran, and Neeraj Madhav.
Mammootty, meanwhile, had three releases this year – Puthiya Niyamam, Kasaba, and White. He also has a film with Sneha in the pipeline, in addition to two comedy films, one with director Omar Lulu and the other – Thoppil Joppan, with Andreah Jeremiah and his son, Dulquer Salmaan.