Leading director Kamal is known for his versatility. He has done movies in every genre and comedy is his forte. Azhakiyaravanan is one movie which is among Kamal’s better movies. After the success of Mazhayethum Munpe, Kamal had planned another movie with Mammootty in the lead. When Azhakiyaravanan was conceived by Sreenivasan, there were doubts whether Mammootty would do a character of that sort. There were opinions that Mohanlal would be better suited for the role with comic overtones. Kamal has said that Mammootty laughed out aloud after hearing many scenes but said that he will do the role seriously. And Mammootty enacted the role seriously and ultimately that proved to be the highlight of Azhakiyaravanan, which was a box office success.