Prithviraj Sukumaran to play 'Biscuit King' in Hindi OTT debut
Prithviraj Sukumaran, who successfully directed Mohanlal in Lucifer, is about to take the next step in the same direction. The Malayalam superstar is getting ready to act in and helm a Hindi series based on India's famous "Biscuit King," Rajan Pillai. This project will mark his debut in the Hindi OTT arena. He, however, made his entry in Bollywood with Rani Mukerji-starrer Aiyyaa (2012).
Why does this story matter?
Sukumaran's debut directorial Lucifer had Mohanlal, Tovino Thomas, Indrajith, and Manju Warrier in principal roles and was a blockbuster. The political thriller earned around Rs. 200 crore from theaters, TV, OTT, and satellite rights. It became the biggest Malayalam movie of 2019 to cross this figure. So, it would be interesting to see if he manages to win the digital space again this time.
'Existence of light, darkness in human lives always engaged me'
Speaking about why he chose this subject for his upcoming project, Sukumaran said, "The existence of light and darkness in human lives has always engaged me as an actor and director...this story has it all." "Ambition, success, a jet setting lifestyle, and then a hubris induced fall that took a man from the zenith of corporate power to the depravity of a prison cell."
Whether there will be Malayalam version isn't clear yet
Sukumaran's curiosity increased all the more since these happened in Pillai's life "at the age of 47." "It will be very interesting to discover what made this charismatic personality tick," he highlighted. Biscuit King will be produced by Yoodlee films. Whether it will get a Malayalam version is not clear yet. And, Sukumaran will play the titular character in his debut Hindi OTT offering.
Check out the announcement here
We believe in fearless stories that can inspire. Presenting our latest project in the making :— Yoodlee Films (@YoodleeFilms) November 30, 2021
A Hindi web series inspired by the life story of India's 'Biscuit King' - Rajan Pillai with National Award winner @PrithviOfficial playing the lead role and also directing the series. pic.twitter.com/QsXeGGqNtf
Sukumaran has directed Mohanlal the second time in 'Bro Daddy'
Currently, the National Award-winner is gearing up for his actioner, Kaduvakunnel Kuruvachan. Its teaser dropped today. He's also awaiting the premiere of his next directorial Bro Daddy, again starring Mohanlal. Coming back to Pillai, his companies, catering to the FMCG sector, were worth $400mn! He was arrested in 1995 and he died in jail just in four days. This triggered reforms in prison management.