Trilingual Veeram based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Kunal Kapoor....Plays a Kalaripayattu warrior who meets a tragic end.

Kunal Kapoor….Plays a Kalaripayattu warrior who meets a tragic end.

The trilingual period drama Veeram, featuring Kunal Kapoor in the main role, will be the opening night film at the first BRICS Film Festival.

The festival, which is part of the special events planned in the run-up to the 8th BRICS Summit being held in India, will take place at Siri Fort Auditorium Complex from September 2 to 6.

Veeram is an adaptation of legendary British playwright Shakespeare’s classic “Macbeth”.

“I’m excited that we are premiering at the first BRICS Film Festival. We’ve put a lot of effort into making this film and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the audience reacts to it,” Kunal said in a statement.

Set in 13th century Kerala, “Veeram” resuscitates the real life character made famous through folklore literature and songs.

Sharing broad similarities with the rise and fall of Macbeth, the film spans the journey of Chandu (played by Kunal), a Kalaripayattu warrior who meets a tragic end as a result of betrayal.

Produced by Chandrakala Arts, “Veeram” will be releasing in India later this year. It has been shot in three different languages — Hindi, English and Malayalam — and there are plans to further dub it in Tamil and Telugu.

Recently, the producers  released the first poster depicting Kunal Kapoor, every inch a  epical warrior.

The story is set in the North Malabar area of Kerala.

Directed by national award-winning film-maker Jayaraj Nair, the film has been co-produced by Chandramohan Pillai and Pradeep Rajan of Chandrakala Arts. – CINEWS

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