After the film Madampi, Mohanlal and director B. Unnikrishnan joined hands again in the film – Grandmaster. It was reported by the producer that its theme is very fresh and racy with lots of variety situations. Grandmaster is the first production venture of Bollywood production company UTV Motion Pictures in Malayalam.Priyamani essays the female lead character.Priyamani, who has some acclaimed Malayalam films under her belt, was chosen after she expressed her desire to feature in a film alongside Mohanlal. “This is an important role, but, from the looks of it, will not pair her romantically opposite him. Yet, she will be seen in many scenes opposite Mohanlal. This is going to be a role that requires someone who can set the screen on fire. So, the makers felt that she would be a good bet, considering her previous releases in Mollywood,” says a source.The story of the film draws inspirations from Agatha Christie’s detective novel The A.B.C. Murders. The characterisation of Chandrasekhar, the film’s lead character, is also inspired from Hercule Poirot, the protagonist of the novel.
The film, produced by UTV Motion Pictures, released on 3 May 2012 and received mostly positive reviews from critics.IBN Live called the film “a new phase in South Indian cinema”.The film is released through ‘Netflix’ online streaming by UTV in the US and Canada. The first ever malayalam film to be available for streaming in US and Canada through Netflix.