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When Joshiy preferred Mammootty over Mohanlal

Megastar Mammootty who is ruling the tinsel world for more than three decades had a stuttering time in a particular phase in his career. During the mid 80s, especially in 1986 and 1987 was a particularly bad time for him. The situation became all the more cumbersome as even new offers dried up for him. But hit making director Joshiy was not concerned about the slump in Mammootty’s career and had a strong belief in the potential of Mammootty. Well known scenarist Dennis Joseph had a script about a cartoonist waiting for revenge on a powerful politician and his aide. Delhi was the premise for this story. Since the script didn’t have the usual ingredients it had was rejected by no less than 9 producers. There was a general opinion that if it was Mohanlal it would have become feasible.

But things started to turn for the better as producer Joy Thomas of ‘Jubilee Productions’ agreed to produce the film and the pre-production of the film started. Jagannadha Varma, Devan, Vijayaraghavan, Mohan Jose, Sumalatha, Urvashi and Suresh Gopi played the prominent roles.

Mammootty’s GK was brilliant along with Thiagarajan who played ‘Salem Vishnu’, a convict sentenced to death by hanging. The shooting of the film started on republic day 1987 at Delhi with Jayanan Vincent being the cinematographer. The entire portion of the film was completed within 21 days and the film was released on July 24, 1987.

When the film released Mammootty and Joshiy were at Kashmir for the shooting of ‘Nair Saab’. Mammootty was really nervous waiting for the result of the film as he knew it was his last chance to survive in the industry. The producer of the movie PKR Pillai then too was facing financial issues. Finally it turned out that ‘New Delhi’ struck gold and was declared a blockbuster. An elated Mammootty hugged Joshiy and started crying. ‘New Delhi’ went on to become the biggest Malayalam hit till then.