– Rinku Gupta
Southern star Mammootty is known for his charismatic persona and legendary histrionics making him a household name in Mollywood. In his next flick, The Great Father, the star continues to inspire awe not only with his performance but also the daredevil stunts he has performed, refusing a dupe. Co-star Arya who plays a cop in the flick reveals why he’s so much in awe of the legend.
Being a well known fitness freak and sports enthusiast himself, Arya is amazed at Mammootty’s fitness levels. “He is this huge star with 100s of films to his credit. The first thing I noticed about him was the aura of health he exudes. Everyday, he would exercise before travelling to location, which was a good 2 hours from where we were staying in Wagamon. His extreme fitness levels helped him during the stunt scenes which he insisted on doing himself. Even I would get irritated with the rope stunts which make your body flip over and lift you up at the hip. It’s very strenuous for the body to take. But he did it with a ease which was highly commendable for his age.”
A still from Kasaba
Arya describes a particular stunt that baffled him, “It was during the climax shoot in Wagamon, that I saw him practising a particular stunt. He refused a dupe and kept on trying till he got it right. It was like a Jackie Chan stunt! His hands were tied behind his back. He had to jump high and in one swift move, get his tied hands in front of him! I was absolutely in awe of him watching him carry it off to perfection!”
Mammukka’s love for home-grown food
Arya who is known for his chatty nature and friendly banter found his match in Mammootty. Says he, “With Mammootty sir, you don’t have to talk. He is so intelligent and knowledgeable on every topic that he just keeps the conversation going once you sit next to him! In fact, his knowledge of organic and natural farming is just astounding! And he’s extremely tech savvy too. I learnt so much from him. He knows everything, from soil conditions across the world to how to grow vegetables, fruits and grains in any country and climate! In fact, all the food we had on sets used to come from his home. He has a huge farm and every vegetable and grain is produced organically. Even the eggs and chicken were from his farm and the fish was fresh and not iced! He would never go to the caravan but share his healthy food with all of us.”
The Great Father has Sneha playing Mammooty’s wife while Shaam plays a cop in his Mollywood debut. Arya plays an investigative cop. The film is co-produced by Arya, Prithviraj, Shaji and Santosh Sivan under the August Cinemas banner.