Malayalam superstar Mammootty’s track record this year has so far been phenomenal, with back-to-back blockbusters, most of which received immensely positive responses from all quarters. Apart from this, he also bagged his eighth Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor this year for his performance in Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam.
Dubbing the film as a family drama, director Jeo Baby said that the movie delves into the story of a family and explores the dynamics among its members. “This is the first film I am directing someone else’s script. I selected this project because it greatly intrigued me,” he mentioned while addressing the media in Kochi on Monday as part of Kaathal’s promotions.
Jeo further highlighted that he approached Mammootty through producer Anto Joseph, known for backing numerous movies featuring the megastar. He also mentioned that Mammootty provided valuable guidance to him in various aspects of the film’s production, including the casting process.
Emphasising that Kaathal – The Core explores a subject rarely touched upon in the cinematic landscape, Mammootty stated, “Its subject is quite revolutionary. However, the narrative unfolds within a small locality, focusing on a single household.”
Discussing the film’s title, which holds distinct meanings in Malayalam and Tamil, Mammootty and Jeo Baby highlighted its dual significance. In Tamil, it signifies love, while in Malayalam, ‘Kaathal’ conveys the meaning of ‘the core’.
Commending the production house, Mammootty Kampany, for undertaking distinctive projects, Tamil star Jyotika, who plays a lead role alongside Mammootty, praised its previous venture, Kannur Squad. “I have worked with so many heroes, but there is something very special about Mammootty. At the stage that he is in his career, he can be very relaxed. But, he is ready to experiment and do very different kinds of films. When a person decides to experiment at this stage in their career, that’s a true hero,” she noted.
Highlighting that the story of Kaathal is “very different”, Jyotika mentioned that she immediately accepted the movie after hearing the narrative. “I loved the role and the writing. It’s very unique,” she observed.