Mohanlal’s upcoming film is titled ‘Neerali’ which means Octopus in English. It will be his first Malayalam release of 2018 potentially as he use to have many. Film also stars Parvathi Nair and it will be directed Ajoy Varma. Santosh T Kuruvilla will produce the film under Moonshot entertainment. Neerali has been one of his most awaited projects for quite some time and Ajoy has an exceptional track record in Malayalam film industry and known for his successful films which are highly content driven.
Mohanlal is working on this film very rigorously mentally and physically as well as he has to shed a lot of weight that he gained for his character in Odiyan. Ajoy will be editing the film himself as he has done in the past. Kuruvilla has ensembles one of the best crews as Santosh Thundiyil will be the cinematographer of the film and it is written by prolific Saju Thomas. In his previous interviews Mohanlal has spoken very enthusiastically about Neerali as the budget of the film makes it a mega budget production for a Malayalam film and could work well as Mohanlal is having a great time in his career.
Mohanlal was fourth most highest earning actor of 2016 as four of his films grossed around 386 crores. Genre of Neerali will be thriller drama, a genre which is mastered by Mohanlal over a period of 30 odd years. He is one of the very few actors in the world who have managed to be saleable leading man in mainstream commercial films for about 4 decades in a row. Mohanlal is still the main attraction in a film he works and his market down south is intact with an extremely varied age group where people from 20 to 70 go and watch his films on first day first show also because he has been able to merge stardom with credibility.