Upcoming Film "KANDAHAR" starring Ganesh Venkatraman, Amitabh Bachhan and Mohanlal. A trilingual - Tamil / Malayalam/ Hindi releasing in December-January (Ganesh Venkatraman's Bollywood debut) directed by Major Ravi.
Kandahar is one of the most awaited films from the Mollywood industry this year not only because it deals with a hard hitting storyline of the true incident of the hijack of the Indian Airlines flight 814, but also because it brings together two powerhouse actors from Indian cinema Mohanlal and Amitabh Bachchan.
Director: Major Ravi Cast: Mohanlal, Amitabh Bachchan, Ganesh Venkatraman, Sumalatha, Kaveri Jha, Ananya, Lal, Anoop Chandran, Major Ravi, Jaffer Idukki, Major Kishore, Kannan Pattambi Genre: Thriller
While Mohanlal played as Major Mahadevan, a character from Keerthi Chakra and Kurukshetra, Ganesh Venkataraman plays Captain Suryanath Sharma, an NSG Commando. Big B and Mohanlal given incredible performances . Their combination scenes are the highlight of the movie. Malayalam Kandahar movie, a very well narrated story with good patriotic and emotional scenes. About the movie, First half is slow than 2nd half. Amithabh Bachan with Ganesh (as Big B’s son) appeared in good emotional scenes and Mohanlal and Big B given heart touching. Overall Kandahar is a very big film with excellent patriotic scenes and a very good movie to watch.
Story Line :"Kandhar" is a fictionalized portrayal of the hijacking of IC-814 incident. It is supposed to be a high voltage action-drama.
Although the hijacking incident took place when the Indian Airlines Airbus A300 was flying from Kathmandu to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, the Major Ravi project has been primarily shot in the cities of Ooty and New Delhi in India. However all aerial shots showing the aeroplane midair have been taken in Russia. While the performances are wonderful, it is the locations which have taken our breath away.
Every actor, especially Mohanlal, Amitabh Bachchan and Ganesh Venkatraman do justice to their roles and the fact that Big B did not accept a single rupee for the project in spite of being offered a huge amount just goes to show how much these actors are dedicated towards films that bear a social message. Mohanlal doubles up as producer of ‘Kandahar’ and going by the critics’ reviews, he will surely recover his money very quickly.
The surprise element in ‘Kandahar’ is the music of the Malayalam movie. Shamir Tandon’s compositions will touch your heart. Every song is aptly placed in the film. Though the narrative style may seem to drag in certain portions of the film, it is good news for the Kollywood and Bollywood that ‘Kandahar’ will soon be dubbed in Hindi and Tamil.
After his acting debut -- Radhamohan's Abhiyum Naanum, Ganesh got to share screen space with super stars Kamal Haasan and Mohanlal in Unnaipol Oruvan.
Ganesh plays a dashing commando and Amitabh Bachhan’s son in the film is absolutely thrilled with the outcome of the film. Sources say that recently when Amitabh Bachhan saw the rushes of the film he was very happy with the result and had some very good things to say about the young actor. He blogged on his popular website about how happy he was with the result.
Ganesh plays an ‘Angry young man’ like Mr Bachhan played in his younger days. His life changes when he meets Major Mahadevan played by Mohanlal, who convinces him to join the army and gives him a purpose in life. The elaborate military training sequences of Ganesh were shot in Indian Military Academy(IMA) in Dehradoon. Ganesh is all praise for his director Major Ravi who gave him valuable inputs to train for the commando role and has spared no end in shooting the film in all realistic locations. The film also marks the entry of kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi who plays Ganesh’s heroine in the film.
When asked, Ganesh said “My 3 favorite actors are Amitabh Bachhan, Kamal Haasan and Mohanlal. And i am really lucky to have worked with all of them in a short span of time in my career. It has indeed been a huge learning curve for me just observing these great actors and sharing screen space with them”. This is my Malayalam debut and I don't think I could have asked for a better debut than this. I am extremely thrilled.
The actor is thrilled that his Bollywood debut is with Mr Amitabh Bachhan, he says "The father-son relationship is central to the plot of the film. Its indeed a dream come true !!!" he signs off.