Mammootty is back with a mass entertainer for his fans with his upcoming flick Rajadhi Raja which starts shooting today – on June 9. The movie, which will star Mammukka opposite Raai Lakshmi (formerly known as Lakshmi Rai) as the leads, is being directed by Ajay Vasudev, a debutant director.
The plot revolves around Sekharan Kutty (Mammootty) who is a petrol pump manager and also a restaurant owner. Radha (Raai) is his wife, and they have one daughter, Durga. The story basically is about these three and the events that happen in their lives. Supposedly, the movie has all the right mix of ingredients to be a complete entertainer though it is, at its core, a family movie.
Now, Raai Lakshmi, who changed her name quite recently, has acted opposite Mammootty in two major Malayalam films before – Chattambinadu and Annan Thampi – both of which went on to become relative successes commercially. Both flicks had a good flavour of comedy, though the burden on that was mostly on Mammootty and the veteran comedians like Suraj and Salim Kumar, and not on Raai, for the most part.
We will have to see if that formula is repeated again in this one or if like the megastar in both movies, the actress too will step outside her comfort zone in terms of humour or drama. Incidentally, the gorgeous starlet had said that one of the reasons for changing her name was that ‘Lakshmi Rai’ sounded ‘soft’ and simply did not pack enough ‘punch’ as she was doing more action roles now. Funny that her first role after the big re christening would be a family oriented woman’s…
In any case, it has to be admitted that the onscreen chemistry of the starring pair works quite well in terms of the ‘glamour’ quotient.
The film is being produced by M K Nasser under the banner of Goodline Productions and the shooting is set to begin in Pollachi, Tamil Nadu.