Only Mammootty stood with Mohanlal during hard times, reveals Antony Perumbavoor

The audiences have been waiting for a while to get a glimpse of the much awaited 'Lucifer'. The debut directorial venture of Prithviraj, featuring Mohanlal in the lead role, is indeed special in many ways. Making it all the more special, Prithviraj had earlier announced that the teaser of 'Lucifer' will be released by none other than Megastar Mammootty. Thanking Mammootty for unveiling the teaser, Prithviraj on Thursday shared the first video from the most awaited Mohanlal starrer 'Lucifer' on his Facebook page. Here's the video:

Mohanlal and Mammootty are known for their special bond. The superstars of Malayalam have acted in 55 films together. It is extremely wonderful to watch how Mammootty and Mohanlal maintain their friendship, said producer Antony Perumbavoor in an interview with Onmanorama.

Mammootty, the strength

“It was Lal sir who said that all of us should visit Mammookka (actor Mammootty) at his home to seek blessings before the release of the maiden movie of Appu (Pranav) acted. It would be a big celebration at both the houses if one of them is visiting the other. None has stood with us and supported us like Mammookka did during all the hard times. We definitely feel strong and courageous, knowing that Mammookka is there for us on the other side. I know how honestly he had even helped me grow in the industry. He would give the right advices for each thing. He truly is like the eldest member of our family. Not even once, has he, spoken with malice or unpleasantness. He would openly and lovingly express his disagreements,” explained Antony.

Antony revealed that Mohanlal respects filmmaker Sathyan Anthikad as his elder brother. He added that the actor shares his happiness and sorrows with the veteran director. Similarly, director Priyadarshan and producer Suresh Kumar too are the screen icon’s close friends who would stand strong with him during any adversities. Antony continued, “He shares special bonds with all of them. Innocent is respected like an elder member of the family, and at times he will be like a dear friend. When he told about his illness, Lal sir gave him confidence and support. For days, after that, Lal sir had only thought about making good treatment available for Innocent.”

Fans associations

“Many raise complaints about fans associations. There may have been some discrepancies in the beginning. Today, can you really find people to boo down a movie in all the theatres from Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram? Who will spend so much money to hire people to actually do that? How do I benefit if someone else’s movie is tanked at the box office? Mohanlal’s fans associations have donated millions of liters of blood; they financially support students to pursue education, help to build houses or supply medicines to poor patients. The ones who haven’t donated even a drop of blood in their life or helped a fellow human being are the ones who mock them. Are these youngsters goons who can be hired easily to boo down another actor’s movies? From laborers to auto drivers to college professors, doctors and homemakers, there are hundreds of members in this association. They are not irresponsible people who do not look after their families. Those who love Mohanlal would celebrate whenever his movies are released. That is how they express their love for him. Is it okay if a writer advertises his newly published books or does it become a problem only when a movie is promoted? Every person who produces a movie would try to promote it as prolific as possible, because it their life which is at stake here,” noted Antony.

Antony received flak when he visited actor Dileep, who is an accused in the actress attack case, in jail. He asked whether it was wrong to visit a colleague, especially since he has not been proven guilty. Antony said that he is quite close to the victim actress as well. “Even I have a daughter, who regularly travels in trains or buses. I am always worried for her safety. Can anyone forgive what has been done to that actress? However, I don’t think it was wrong to visit Dileep in jail, as he vehemently kept repeating that he was innocent. My visit couldn’t even have helped in anyway. I visited him because I wanted to and nothing else,” he explained.

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