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According to Times of India, the Aaraattu team began shooting their first schedule in Palakkad. Mohanlal reportedly plays Neyyattinkara Gopan, a character who travels from Neyyattinkara to Palakkad in a black Mercedes (The News Minute) to complete a mission. The car, which according to TNM reporting, plays an important role in the film, will carry the registration number 2255, a reference to Mohanlal’s Rajavinte Makan.
Aaraattu is written by Udayakrishna, who had previously written Mohanlal’s Pulimurugan. Other key cast members include Nedumudi Venu, Sai Kumar, Siddique, Vijayaraghavan, Indrans, Johny Antony, Sheela, Rachana Narayanankutty, and Swasika.
This is Mohanlal’s fifth film with B Unnikrishnan. Their last film together was Villain (2017).
Speaking with Silverscreen India, Shraddha Srinath had earlier said that the film would especially appeal to Mohanlal fans. She said, “It’s a more commercial film and it’s a space that I have not really explored. I mean it has all the thrills and it has all the sort of kicks that you know Mohanlal fans love.”
Vijay Ulaganath handles the cinematography for Aaraattu, with music composed by Rahul Raj, and Shameer Muhammed editing.
Mohanlal recently finished shooting for Drishyam 2, a sequel to the 2013 thriller Drishyam, directed by Jeethu Joseph. Produced by Antony Perumbavoor, Drishyam 2 also stars Meena, Ansiba, and Esther Anil.