Mohanlal starrer Marakkar-Arabikkadalinte Simham which won the National Award for the Best film this year was supposed to hit the theatres on March 26, 2020. However, it got postponed owing to the first wave of the pandemic and the subsequent nationwide lockdown. Later, the makers decided to bring the film to theatres on May 13, 2021. Once again the film got postponed due to the second wave of the pandemic. Today, Mohanlal announced that the film will hit the theatres on August 12, as an Onam special.
The film is directed by Priyadarshan, a frequent collaborator with Mohanlal, and has already won three awards at the 67th National Film Awards including Best Feature Film, Best Costume, and Best Special Effects.
Mohanlal took to his Twitter handle on Friday morning to announce the release date of the film. Announcing the date, the superstar wrote in Malayalm that they hope to be able to present the film as an Onam release on August 12.
സ്നേഹത്തോടെ, നിറഞ്ഞ മനസ്സോടെ പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കുകയാണ്, ഈ വരുന്ന ഓഗസ്റ്റ് 12ന്, ഓണം റിലീസ് ആയി "മരക്കാർ അറബിക്കടലിന്റെ സിംഹം" നിങ്ങളുടെ മുന്നിലെത്തിക്കാൻ ഞങ്ങൾക്ക് കഴിയുമെന്ന്.. അതിനു നിങ്ങളുടെ പ്രാർഥനയും പിന്തുണയും ഉണ്ടാകുമെന്ന വിശ്വാസത്തോടെ ഞങ്ങൾ മുന്നോട്ട് നീങ്ങുന്നു.. pic.twitter.com/pPhADwoG0q
— Mohanlal (@Mohanlal) June 18, 2021
Marakkar- Arabikadalinte Simham, starring Mohanlal in the titular role, is based on the life of Kunjali Marakkar IV, the decorated fourth Muslim naval chief of the Zamorin (Samoothiri), during the 16th century Kerala. The film was shot for over three months at the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad.
Apart from Mohanlal and Suniel Shetty, the film also stars Arjun Sarja, Siddique, Prabhu Dheva, Sudeep, Prabhu, Madhu, Manju Warrier, Paresh Rawal, Keerthy Suresh, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Pranav Mohanlal, Suhasini Maniratnam, Nedumudi Venu, and Ashok Selva.
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