Producer Lal wanted to make a movie with one of the superstars and the story line he approved went like this. A youngster comes to Kalimuthupalayam in Tamil Nadu to sell a house and some property. There he meets a Tamil girl Chembakam and falls in love. The house he had come to sell had lot of problems and how he solves them forms the story.
The superstars refused dates for this movie. Probably they thought why bore the audience with yet another Malayali-lands-in-TN story. Haven’t they seen Paadipada, Kerala House Vilkanundu, Mayilattom, Thommanum Makkalum or myriad of other movies which dealt with Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Thevar, Gounder, House, Daughter, and Thevar’s henchmen? Which angle has not been covered so far?
Miffed by the snub of superstars, Lal has decided to launch Narain aka Sunil as the new hero in Malayalam. Sunil/Narain was just awesome in the Tamil film Chittiram Pesuthadi, but unfortunately he has not been able to show his talent in Malayalam films to that extent. Yes, he has acted in few movies like Sheelabathi, Annorikkal and Classmates, but all those roles were not so demanding as the Tamil film.
Besides Narain, the movie also stars, Geetha, Madhu, Sudheesh, Janardhanan, Rami Reddy, and the heroine is Pooja. The story is by M.A Venu who also directs the movie. The music is by Lal’s brother Alex Paul and the lyrics are by Vayalar Sharatchandra Varma.
This Vishu season, Narain is facing an uphill battle against both Mammotty (Big-B) and Mohanlal (Chotta Mumbai), but also against Rajnikanth, whose much awaited Shivaji is releasing in 60 theatres in Kerala. Producer Lal has gone and booked the best theatres for Panthaya Kozhi, but then people come to see the movie not the theatre. We wonder what made Lal chose a stale story like this, but he is one person who has a good story sense and hope he will pull some magic out of his hat, for Malayalam Cinema definitely needs a hero like Narain.