Shaji Kailas and Renji Panikkar were one time the biggest hit director-writer pair in Malayalam commercial cinema.
They have made some of the finest action packed commercial hits like Sthalathe Pradhana Payyan, Thalasthanam, Ekalayavan, Commissioner, The King etc.
Their trademark was their heroes Mammootty or Suresh Gopi always spoke fiery punch line dialogues, and characterization was manly and based on coalition politics of Kerala. The duo split, after Ranji Panikkar turned director and moved on.
Now after 15 years, they are joining hands again with The King & Commissioner . They are actually joining two of their earlier hits The King and Commissioner together.
Mammootty who played the firebrand IAS officer Thevalliparambil Joseph Alex in The King will clash with the IPS officer Prithviraj. Suresh Gopi who played the original Commissioner due to commercial reasons has been dropped.
Says Ranji Panikkar: “After 15 long years I’ am doing a film with Shaji Kailas, so it has to be something really big. At the moment, I’m working on the script of the film. Mammootty’s right hand man and leading producer Anto Joseph has brought them together. The shoot of the film will start in January 2011, and it will be a Vishu release through Mammootty’s Play House.