The makers of the film along with Mohanlal made the announcement through Twitter on Sunday.
A Grand Epic Of Indian History, @MarakkarMovie Releasing Worldwide On 2021 May 13th..#MarakkarArabikadalinteSimham#Mohanlal #Priyadarshan #AntonyPerumbavoor #AashirvadCinemas pic.twitter.com/2aAzUIPgLv
— Aashirvad Cinemas (@aashirvadcine) February 28, 2021
The historical war drama film is set in the 16 century and narrates the story of Kunjali Marakkar IV, the fourth and the last Malayali naval leader who fought against the Portuguese from 1507-1600 by the Samoothiri of Calicut.
The film was announced in April 2018 and it went on floors in December the same year. The film was initially announced to release on March 26, 2020 but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 induced lockdown which led to the shutting down of the theatres across the country.
Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham had a budget of Rs 100 crore and was shot in Hyderabad’s Ramoji Film City and Kovalam in Kerala.
The Malayalam big-budget warfare film will be known as Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea worldwide and has been dubbed in several languages including Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, English and Chinese.
The director-actor duo of Mohanlal and Priyadarshan have collaborated for Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham after five years, after having worked together for over two decades.
Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham is produced by Antony Perumbavoor under the banner of Aashirvaad Cinemas. The producer, under Perumbavoor’s banner, has collaborated with Mohanlal for over 25 films spanning over two decades, including the blockbuster hit Drishyam and its sequel Drishyam 2 that released on Amazon Prime Video in February.
Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham was initially estimated to clash with actor Mammootty‘s film based on the same story directed by Santosh Sivan, which was supposed to go on floors in November 2018 and was also announced before Mohanlal’s. There has been no announcement of the film going on floors yet.
The first film on the story of the naval chief was released in 1967, a Malayalam historical film titled Kunjali Marakkar directed by SS Rajan, which won the National Award for the Best Feature Film in Malayalam.