The film will be simultaneously shot in Malayalam and Tamil. Ottu’s shooting schedules will also take place in Bhatkal in Karnataka and Mumbai, the filmmaker said.
Ottu will be the maiden collaboration of the lead actors and will mark Arvind’s return to Malayalam cinema after 25 years. His last film in Malayalam was Devaraagam in 1996 opposite Sridevi.
Speaking about the story, Fellini said, “It is a movie that showcases the bonding between two men and it has got thriller elements to it. I don’t want to reveal much but it is about the friendship between them and how they come to know each other.”
The film also features Eesha Rebba, who was last seen in Netflix’s Telugu anthology film Pitta Kathalu. Rebba, who predominantly works in the Telugu film industry, will mark her Malayalam debut through Ottu. She will be paired opposite Boban. Her character will have “two shades”, the director revealed.
“We are roping in someone from Bollywood but I cannot reveal the details now,” Fellini said.
Aadukalam Naren is also part of the cast.
Asked about the casting process, Fellini said, “The story demanded this cast. Arvind Swami’s character demanded a person of that stature play the role. He was also looking forward to work in a Malayalam film and he was interested in the story. He had been getting many offers and he finalised on this. Regarding, Kunchacko, it is his first Tamil movie, and it was not a conscious decision but the character worked out for him,” Fellini said.
Fellini said that the release date of the film has not yet been confirmed and the decision rests with the production. “Hopefully by this year itself. Once the work is done, we will finalise the details regarding the release,” he said.