Mamooty’s upcoming Malayalam movie Bilal has been a much-awaited project since it was announced. Fans of the superstar actor are eager to find out when they can finally see the movie. Fortunately, now we have an answer as the film’s release date has been revealed. Bilal is set to be released in theaters on August 15, 2019.
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Bilal is Finally Ready to Start Rolling…
In the highly anticipated project Bilal, the veteran actor is scheduled to reprise his role as the renowned Bilal John Kurissinkal. The Amal Neerad-helmed sequel to the duo’s 2007 neo-noir action thriller Big B was initially announced in 2017. However, Mammootty has just released a significant update on the lengthy project. Mammootty discussed Bilal in a recent interview with the media during a promotional event for his upcoming cop thriller Christopher.
The megastar confirmed that the film’s final round of script work is underway and added that production on the Big B sequel would begin soon. Interestingly, Mammootty also revealed that he and Amal Neerad were supposed to meet on Monday to discuss Bilal but had to postpone the meeting due to their schedules. When asked when we can expect an update on Bilal, Mammootty replied with a broad smile, “Let’s see,” implying that something exciting is on the horizon.
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Bilal: Is Filming Started in 2023?
The latest reports indicate that the Amal Neerad-directed film will begin filming in Turkey in December 2022. The majority of the film starring Mammootty will be shot in foreign locations. The remaining segments of Bilal will be filmed in India, in Kochi and Calcutta.
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In this case, the Mammootty-Amal Neerad project could be released in theatres during the second half of 2023. The reports also indicate that Bilal will be an all-out action thriller with a massive budget. Per the updates, the project is jointly produced by director Amal Neerad and actor-producer Dulquer Salmaan under the Amal Neerad Productions and Wayfarer Films banners.
Is DQ Joining Bilal?
As previously reported, it has been rumored that father-and-son duo Mammootty and Dulquer Salmaan may share the screen for the first time in Bilal. According to rumors, both Mammootty and Dulquer Salmaan are impressed with the final draft script and approved. In a recent interview, director Amal Neerad stated that the sequel to Big B is expanding. However, Amal now tells us,
“I have always enjoyed working with Dulquer. He’s a great actor and only adds value to any film he’s part of. But in Bilal, I do not think there is space for him. He will not be part of the movie.”
Behind the Scenes of Mammootty-Amal Partnership
Amal Neerad began his career as a cinematographer in 2004 with the Mammootty film Black. In 2009, he made his directorial debut with Big B, a neo-noir action thriller starring the megastar. With movies such as Anwar, Iyobinte Pusthakam, and Varathan, the director became one of the most sought-after talents in Malayalam cinema. His most recent film, Bheeshma Parvam, his second collaboration with Mammootty, was a critical and commercial triumph.