Well known producer Jayakumar recently shared an experience about Mammootty that he had. After the success of Amaram, he planned another movie with the same team. That was Padheyam and when he went to see Mammootty on the sets of a Fazil movie in Chennai, he had a peculiar experience.
Mammootty asked Jayakumar about his last production, which was Perumthachan. Mammootty told Jayakumar that he is ten Thilakan’s put together when it comes to a headache. Thilakan was the lead actor in Perumthachan. Jayakumar said that both Cochin Haneefa and Fazil who were present there concurred with Mammootty’s opinion. He says that he became apprehensive about the project as the film was mainly meant as an aid to ailing thespian Bharath Gopi. And according to him, Mammootty was very much like what he said about himself, during the shooting of Padheyam. During the initial days, Jayakumar felt like even dropping the project.
What Cochin Haneefa said about Mammootty also seemed true. Afterward, when it came to the casting of a pivotal character in the movie, Mammootty suggested the name of Lalu Alex. Jayakumar says that Mammootty’s choice proved perfect as Padheyam gave Lalu Alex a strong comeback. By and by Mammootty became totally involved in the project and by the end, Jayakumar’s worries proved misplaced. And according to him, Mammootty was very much like what he said about himself, during the shooting of Padheyam.