What links The Alchemist and Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho?
Paulo Coelho has a large fan following in Kerala, especially after his book, The Alchemist.
A film inspired by his name, Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho, is being directed by award-winning filmmaker Sidhartha Siva.
Coelho recently tweeted a poster of the film, an event which sent the crew into the realsm of great joy.
Kunchacko Boban, who is producing the film besides playing the hero, declared Coelho's tweet an 'act of God... whether accidental or coincidental or unintentional, this means the world to us...'
Pothen shelves Dulquer project
Actor-filmmaker Pratap Pothen was planning a comeback as director with Dulquer Salmaan as the hero and Bangalore Days director Anjali Menon as the scenarist.
The project has been called off as Pratap is not happy with Anjali's script. 'I have lost a year waiting for the script. I wanted a love story with some depth. The script didn't have what I was looking for, Pratap told a Malayalam portal.
He later posted a picture of himself with Dulquer, telling the young star: 'I missed a chance to work with an actor who I was dying to work with... I missed working with his dad (Dulquer's dad Mamootty)... well sometimes one is just unlucky.'
All eyes on the Kismath hero
Debutant director Shanavas K Bavakutty's Kismath has got rave reviews for its realistic presentation.
Kismath is based on an event in Ponnani, where a 21-year-old Muslim boy fell in love with a 28-year-old girl from the Dalit community.
Lead actor Shane Nigam is being hailed as a talent to watch out for.
Shane, mimicry artiste and actor Abi's son, was noticed earlier as the Andrea Jeremiah's hot-headed brother in Rajeev Ravi's Annayum Rasoolum.