The veteran lyric writer and music director Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri is turning director with Mazhavillinattamvare. He has chosen the controversial Pakistan fast bowler Mohammed Asif as his hero

Kaithapram says he chose Asif as per story demands. Asif will play a cricket coach who comes to train a few boys in a cricket camp set in Kannur. The coach has a personal agenda for coming to Kerala, which will be revealed in a stunning climax.

Initially Kaithapram had Wasim Akram in mind but due to his bad health, he looked around for another Pakistani cricketer. His son Deepankuran who was studying music in Leeds, met Asif who liked the concept and script of the film and agreed to do it.

Mazhavillinattamvare' would be produced by M Mukundan, a Sharjah based NRI. Asif has agreed to do the film after he completes Pakistanís tour of England on September 20.

Now the big question being asked is whether Mohammad Asif will be allowed to shoot the film in Kerala? The Government of India permission has to be obtained before a high profile cricketer like Asif will be given Visa to shoot for a Malayalam film in a very sensitive state like Kerala.

Added to that Chief Minister VS Achuthanadanís recent statements about Muslim population growth and the rise of PFI in Kerala have also made intelligence agencies wary of anything to do with Pakistan.

Meanwhile the controversial profile of the cricketer is sure to sound an alarm bell to the security agencies. Remember Asif tested positive for drugs, before having a ban imposed on him overturned on appeal. He was later withdrawn from Pakistan's World Cup squad with an unrelated injury.

Further cricket controversy followed when he was detained in Dubai suspected of having drugs on his person and was then found to have tested positive for a banned substance during the IPL.