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 screenwriter 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.
Shooting commenced in August 2011, and the film was mostly shot from Alappuzha. The song "Kannum Kannum" was shot from Ooty.
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, criticising the 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 stated that it was the desire of the director Shafi to use a hit song of the eighties in a dream scene of the film.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
Anjali Aneesh Upasana as Ammu's friend