|Produced by||Madhavan Nair|
|Written by||James Albert|
|Distributed by||Murali Films & PJ Entertainments|
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|Box office||8 crores (including satellite rights)|
Venicile Vyapari, English: The Merchant of Venice) is a 2011 Malayalam film directed by Shafi, starring Mammootty, Kavya Madhavan and Poonam Bajwa. The film's plot unfolds in Alappuzha, a town in Kerala popularly known as the Venice of the East. Written by James Albert, the story follows a murder mystery.
The story revolves around Pavithran (Mammootty), who lost his parents in his childhood. He enters the police force by chance, though it is not his ambition to do so. Pavithran lands up in Alappuzha (Alappuzha incidentally is attributed to the sobriquet, Venice of the East) disguised as a merchant to investigate the murder of a union leader named Ajayan (Biju Menon). Another character is Ammu (Kavya Madhavan), who is the leader of the union of coir workers and is in love with Pavithran.
Venicile Vyaapari is the fourth film of Shafi with Mammootty, after Thommanum Makkalum, Mayavi and Chattambinadu. This is also the fourth film of screen writer James Albert after Classmates, Cycle and Ividam Swargamanu and the first time he is writing the script for Mammootty.
The film was produced by Madhavan Nair under the banner of Murali Films. Mammootty appears in three different getups in the film. He dons the period costumes, wearing khakki trousers and tall cap, which will be the highlight of the film. Vijaya Raghavan, Jagathy, Salim Kumar, Suraj, Sreeraman, Kalabhhavan Shajon, Rajan Padoor form the supporting cast.
The film was scheduled to release on 4 November 2011, but was postponed to 11 November 2011 since there was a delay in the post production work of the film. Release was postponed again to 16 December 2011 due to a film strike in Kerala.
Sifyymovies gave the film a rating of 2.5/5. Its reviewer stated: "Shamdutt’s camera and Bijibal’s music are fine. Mammootty comes up with an impressive performance in the film. The rest of the cast including Kavya Madhavan, Poonam Bajwa, Suraj Venjarammoodu, Salim Kumar, Jagathy Sreekumar, Vijayaraghavan, Suresh Krishna, Janardhanan and Sreeraman have performed their roles in a comic way. The film has some nice moments and is not so good storyline with poor script."
Bijibal composed the music for the film, which has lyrics by Kaithapram. The film has a remix of the song "Kannum Kannum" from the film Angadi. Mammootty explains that it was the desire of the director Shafi to use a super hit song of the eighties in a dream scene of the film. Songs were less appealing .
- Mammootty as Pavithran
- Kavya Madhavan as Ammu
- Poonam Bajwa as Lakshmi
- Suraj Venjarammoodu as Chandran Pillai/ Odiyan Chandhu
- Jagathy Sreekumar as Kaladi Govindan
- Salim Kumar as Kamalasanan
- Vijayaraghavan as Chungathara Raghavan
- Suresh Krishna as Chungathara Aniyappan
- Guinness Pakru as Kochukrishnan
- Abu Salim as Abdu
- Kalabhavan Shajon as Isthiri Lonappan
- Biju Menon as Ajayan
- Janardhanan as Radhurama Varma SP
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- Meghna George (6 September 2011). "First Look: Mammootty's Venicile Vyapari". Rediff. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
- "Mammootty steps in for a remix". 14 October 2011.
- "Venicile Vyapari put off to 11/11/11". City Journal. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011.