Malayalam News

‘Summer in Bethlehem’ Sequel in the Works with Manju Warrier, Confirms Producer Siyad Koker

Summer in Bethlehem, the 1998 Malayalam super hit film is set to have a sequel, producer Siyad Koker confirmed to Silverscreen India


“The film is on the cards. We discussed the plan of making a sequel with Manju Warrier and she liked it. She will be a part of the sequel,” said Siyad.

Aside from Warrier, the 1998 romantic comedy also featured actors Jayaram, Suresh Gopi and Kalabhavan Mani in significant roles, with Mohanlal appearing in a cameo. Produced by Siyad, under his Koker Films banner, Summer in Bethlehem was directed by Sibi Malayil and written by Ranjith. 

Siyad said the sequel will likely go into production around the end of the year, or the beginning of next year. He also revealed that they plan on roping in actors Jayaram and Suresh Gopi as well. “The sequel will be directed by Sibi, and will also have Vidyasagar, who had composed music for Summer in Bethlehem, on board,” he added.

Summer in Bethlehem, which was released on September 4, 1998, revolves around two friends Ravishankar (Jayaram) and Dennis (Suresh Gopi). The former, who is unsuccessful in his own pursuits, stays with the latter at his farm estate named Bethlehem. However, Ravishankar cooks up stories to his family that he is leading a great life. When Ravishankar’s grandparents and relatives decide to visit him, he pretends to be the owner of Dennis’ estate. The story also involves Ravishankar’s cousin Aami (Warrier).

In 2003, the film was remade in Tamil as Lesa Lesa, featuring actors Trisha, Shaam, Vivek and Sreenivasan, and directed by Priyadarshan


Warrier is currently awaiting the release of her upcoming films, Meri Awaz Suno alongside Jayasurya and Jack and Jill. Aside from these, she also has a line-up that includes Aiysha, Kappa and Amriki Pandit.

Jayaram, whose last Malayalam film was Pattabhiraman in 2019, will next be seen in Makal

On the other hand, Suresh Gopi, who was last seen in Kaaval, has several projects in the pipeline, including Paappan, Ottakkomban, and his 251st film, tentatively referred to as SG 251.