Mammootty replaced by Biju Menon for ‘Leela’

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In the upcoming project ‘Leela’, Biju Menon has replaced Mammootty as the lead actor  The movie is based on Unni R’s short story of the same name. Ranjith is the director of this film. Unni himself pens the screenplay and dialogues. The project, which will be released under the title Leela-The Never Ending Play, was initially offered to Mohanlal. But he turned down the offer due to personal reasons.

Later, Shankar Ramakrishnan was considered for the lead role. But later, the team finalized Mammootty to play the central character Kuttiyappan It is because Kuttiyappan is an extra bold character, which lies outside Mammootty’s comfort zone. Earlier, Ann Augustine was roped in to play the title character, Leela. But the actress opted out due to the controversial nature of the character. Reportedly, the highly anticipated project will start rolling by the end of 2015 and hit the theaters by mid 2016.

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