Alphonse Putharen who directed Neram was supposed to be part of Mammootty's upcoming movie The Gangster. The film is directed by Aashiq Abu. The director-cum-editor was supposed be joining the team as its editor. However, now it is said that Alphonse Putharen has opted out of the movie due to date issues. The Gangster will have Mammootyas a don along with Fahadh Faasil and Sekhar Menon.
Alphonse is currently busy with the preproduction of the Hindi remake of Malayalam movie Shutter.