After launching Shikari on Sunday afternoon in the city, Mammootty spoke about why he accepted the project. "I loved the script. It drew me to say yes almost automatically. The added advantage was the fact that there is a young able director and a good producer backing the script. I always wanted to do a Kannada film, which is why I said yes to this bilingual project," DNA's After Hrs Bangalore quotes Mammootty as saying.
However, Shikari is a dream project of award winner director Abhaya Simha. Mammootty is playing an IT professional in the film, which is set in the pre-Independence era. It deals with the pre- and post-independence conditions in India. The film bosses are still in search of a suitable actress for the role of the lead lady. Aditya, Mohan, Rangayana Raghu are in the other cast.