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Mohanlal hits 300 with Snehaveedu

Last updated on: September 26, 2011 13:21 IST

Mohanlal hits 300 with Snehaveedu

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Mohanlal is one of the finest Indian actors and it is a matter of celebration when the legend completes 300 films. The landmark film is Snehaveedu, releasing this month.

Snehaveedu is directed by Sathyan Anthikkad, a filmmaker who has contributed tremendously to the actor's amazing profile with some finely crafted films.

The list includes well appreciated films such as T P Balagopalan MA, Gandhinagar Second Street, Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam, Nadodikkaattu and Varavelpu.

Image: A still from Snehaveedu

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Sheela, who returned to films after a break with Sathyan's Manassinakkare some years ago, plays Mohanlal's mother in Snehaveedu.

Padmapriya has been paired opposite Mohanlal and the cast also includes Biju Menon, Innocent, KPAC Lalitha, Lena and debutant Rahul Pillai.

Image: A still from Snehaveedu

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Sathyan Anthikkad, who is known for his earthy, feel-good stories, says: "I am fine if people comment that I am making films for family audiences only. I am really happy about the recent experiments like Traffic and Salt N' Pepper which were successful in Malayalam.

But there are so many stories that need to be told like the one that I have made now and I would like to make such films as viewers love such clean entertainers as well."

Image: A still from Snehaveedu

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Anthikad likes stories that are simple and are mostly about closely knit families and human relationships.

"Snehaveedu focuses on Ajayan (Mohanlal) and the affection that he shares with his mother, Ammukkuttiyamma (Sheela). They live in a village in Palakkad, where Ajayan runs a small factory.

He has worked in the Gulf and Chennai before coming back home. He is a chronic bachelor who brags to his friends about his flings with women when he was in Chennai. But things take a sudden twist when a young boy (Rahul Pillai) comes to the village one day claiming that he is Ajayan's son.

When he disowns the boy, no one including his mother is ready to believe Ajayan," says the director.

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Sheela says, "I am thrilled to be part of this film and Sathyan told me that he wrote this role for me. It is always wonderful to be part of Malayalam films. The film beautifully portrays the close relationship between the mother and son."

Biju Menon, who has suddenly become hot property after his comic role in Seniors, plays a cop and the friend of Mohanlal. Padmapriya plays Sunanda, a distant relative of the hero.

The cinematographer is Venu and the music director is Illaiyaraja. Snehaveedu is being produced by Antony Perumbavoor under the banner of Ashirwad Cinemas.

Image: A still from Snehaveedu

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