Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea Movie Poster

Marakkar: Lion Of The Arabian Sea

December 2, 2021
3hr 1min
Status: released

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Marakkar: Lion Of The Arabian Sea Movie Details:

Malayalam titleMarakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham
Country India
Language Malayalam
Release date2 December 2021
Running time3hr 1min
Directed by Priyadarshan
Screenplay byPriyadarshan
Ani Sasi
Story byPriyadarshan
Produced byAntony Perumbavoor
Cinematography by Tirru
Edited by M. S. Aiyyappan Nair
Music byScore:
Rahul Raj
Ankit Suri
Lyell Evans Roeder
Ronnie Raphael
Production CompanyAashirvad Cinemas
Confident Group
Distributor Maxlab Cinemas and Entertainments (Kerala)
V. Creations (Tamil Nadu)
Phars Films (Overseas)

Marakkar: Lion Of The Arabian Sea Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Mohanlal as Muhammad Ali / Kunjali Marakkar IV, a Muslim-Indian warrior and the last Marakkar, who organizes armed rebellions against the nobles of Kozhikode and imperial Portuguese.
    • Pranav Mohanlal as Young Kunjali (Mammali)
  • Arjun Sarja as Anandan Mangattachan, the elder son of Mangattachan and commander of the Kozhikode military, known for being just and compassionate.
    • Arun Kurian as Young Anandan
  • Suniel Shetty as Chandroth Panicker, the monarch of Kolathunadu under the Samoothiri and Marakkar’s ally, who’s eventually betrayed by his diplomats.
  • Prabhu as Thangudu, a physically strong bandit troop leader.
  • Ashok Selvan as Achuthan Mangattachan, the antagonistic naval commander of Kozhikode who envy’s his brother’s popularity and conspires to kill him and Marakkar.
    • Jitin Puthenchery as Young Achuthan
  • Nedumudi Venu as Samoothiri, the unnamed monarch of Kozhikode.
  • Mukesh as Dharmoth Panicker, a minister under the Samoothiri.
  • Siddique as Pattu Marakkar, Kunjali’s uncle and Poker’s brother, who fought the Portuguese invasions in the past.
  • Manju Warrier as Subaida, Aimutty’s wife, sells Marakkar out to the Portuguese to avenge her husband’s death.
  • Keerthy Suresh as Aarcha, Darmoth Panicker’s daughter who falls for Chinnali.
  • Kalyani Priyadarshan as Aisha, Marakkar’s wife, who was killed on the day of their marriage.
  • Jay J. Jakkrit as Chiang Juvan (Chinnali), a Chinese slave and self-taught warrior who becomes Marakkar’s ally.
  • Innocent as Namath Kurup, a corrupt nobleman of Kozhikode who becomes Marakkar’s primary target for raiding.
  • K. B. Ganesh Kumar as Verkottu Panicker
  • Baburaj as Puthumana Panicker
  • Hareesh Peradi as Mangattachan, the veteran military commander of Kozhikode who fought the Portuguese with the Marakkar brothers.
  • Mamukkoya as Aboobakkar Haji
  • Nandhu as Kuthiravattath Nair
  • Santhosh Keezhattoor as Kokkattu Panicker
  • Fazil as Kutti Ali Marakkar, Kunjali’s deceased father who died fighting the Portuguese.
  • Suhasini Maniratnam as Khadeejumma, Kunjali’s mother.
  • Suresh Krishna as Moidu, Kutyalli’s brother, who allies with the Portuguese.
  • Manikuttan as Mayinkutty, Aimutty’s younger brother, who tries and fails to kill Marakkar.
  • G. Suresh Kumar as Kochi Raja, the king of Kochi.
  • Srikant Murali as Kochi Raja’s Advisor
  • Krishna Prasad as Translator
  • Arjun Nandhakumar as Nambyathiri, Samoothiri’s Nephew, who replaces his uncle and submits to Portuguese rule.
  • Parvathi T. as Samoothiri’s Sister
  • Komal Sharma as Anandan’s Wife
  • Toby Sauberback as Viceroy Francisco Da Gama, the leader of the Portuguese colonists and nemesis of Marakkar.
  • Max Cavenham as André Furtado de Mendonça, the general of the Portuguese armed forces.
  • Paul Huntley-Thomas as Alphonso De Noronha, the Portuguese military official who kills Marakkar’s family.
  • Veena Nandakumar (uncredited role)
  • Bineesh Kodiyeri as Thangudu’s Assistant
  • Shiyas Kareem as Marakkar’s Assistant
  • Kozhikode Narayanan Nair as Aboobakkar Haji
  • Antony Perumbavoor as Street Vendor (Cameo)
  • Vikraman Nair as Rajaguru


The story of legendary Kunjali Marakkar IV and his epic warfare against the Portuguese.

Marakkar: Lion Of The Arabian Sea Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Worldwide Collection₹100 crore 

About Marakkar: Lion Of The Arabian Sea Movie:

Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea (Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham in Malayalam, Marakkyar: Arabikkadalin Singam in Tamil) is set in the 16th century Calicut, the film is based on the fourth Kunjali Marakkar named Muhammad Ali, the admiral of the fleet of the Zamorin.

This film was Keerthy Suresh’s comeback to Malayalam cinema after a gap of seven years.

The film was shot in Malayalam and partially reshot in Tamil.

The initial plan for a film based on the admirals Kunjali Marakkar started between Priyadarshan, Mohanlal, and screenwriter T. Damodaran in 1996. Damodaran pitched a plot idea in 1999. However, the film did not materialise in Damodaran’s lifetime because of the high budget requirements, which was unaffordable for a Malayalam film at that time. Priyadarshan kept the project in mind for years, until in 2017 he proceeded with the research work. The final draft was completed by June 2018.

Principal photography took place from December 2018 to March 2019, filmed in sets created at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad. It lasted 104 days and post-production took 14 months.

Four life-size ship replicas were constructed and were shot inside a water tank. The sea was completely created using visual effects. Sabu Cyril and Siddharth Priyadarshan oversaw the production design and visual effects supervision, respectively.

Production began with a budget of ₹100 crore, making it the most expensive Malayalam film to date. The original score was composed by Rahul Raj, Ankit Suri and Lyell Evans Roeder; and songs by Ronnie Raphael.

On 22 September 2019, The first teaser trailer of the film was exclusively screened at Aashirvadathode Lalettan, an event held at Gokulam Park, Kochi, organised by Aashirvad Cinemas.

The first trailer released in March 2020 was edited by Alphonse Putharen. In November 2021, a promotional event was conducted on the luxury cruise ship Nefertiti Cruise, organised in association with Jain International School of Creative Arts.

The film, originally scheduled to release on 19 March 2020, was delayed by the outbreak of COVID-19. It was then rescheduled and postponed through three more dates in March, May, and August 2021 before settling on release date by the end of the year.

The film was originally scheduled to be released on 19 March 2020, as announced in October 2019. It was then moved to 26 March by January 2020. However, it was further postponed without a release date after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. Priyadarshan said that the postponement was at the behest of exhibitors in the Gulf, particularly those across Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as the box office collection from these countries are crucial to the film’s success. In February 2021, Mohanlal told to Variety that it is a global film with an international release, so they are waiting for the COVID-19 situation to normalise, “when everything settles and people are back to the theaters, only then can we release”. The film was then rescheduled and postponed again three times in 2021: 26 March, 13 May, and 12 August.

Fans show tickets for more than 100 shows were already sold out when it postponed release in March 2020. There was a surge in COVID-19 cases in India when it was about to release in May 2021 coinciding with Eid al-Fitr. The film could not release in the Onam holidays aimed August 2021 date as the test positivity rate (TPR) in Kerala was the highest in India at that time and theatres remained closed per government order. Theatres were later allowed to run with half its seating capacity. On 6 November 2021, producer Antony Perumbavoor said that they are cancelling theatrical release and the film will have a direct-to-OTT premiere through Amazon Prime Video. Reportedly, they made a ₹90 crore deal with Prime Video for a direct-to-OTT premiere. In early November 2021, a preview show was held for Mohanlal, his wife Suchitra Mohanlal, and producer Antony in Chennai, the theatrical experience from the show changed their decision to opt for a theatrical release. On 11 November, Saji Cheriyan, minister of Kerala State Film Development Corporation announced that the film will be releasing on 2 December 2021 in theatres, which was decided after a meeting with the makers. The government also waived entertainment tax for all films releasing in Kerala until 31 December. The makers renegotiated and relaxed the deal with Prime Video to allow for a theatrical debut prior to OTT. The film’s release date coincide with the National Day holiday of the United Arab Emirates, where it premieres a day early, on 1 December 2021.

Marakkar was released on December 17 through Amazon Prime Video in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.

Meanwhile, at the 67th National Film Awards, the film won three awards — Best Feature Film, Best Special Effects, and Best Costume Design.

The film released theatrically worldwide on 2 December 2021. It received mixed reviews and failed at the box office. The film was also shortlisted among with 35 other films for the Indian submissions for Best Feature Film category at the 94th Academy Awards.