From Mollywood with pride
Priyanka E NAIR
The ‘Malayalam cinema today’ section of the fest is expected to reflect the shift in the industry with eight films that stand out in their theme and presentation. The listed films in the package are Adaminte Makan Abu, Karmayogi, Gaddama, Pakarnnattom, Sankaranum Mohananum, Pranchiyettan and the Saint, Akam, and Traffic.
Adaminte Makan Abu earlier shortlisted under the competition section was dropped as it comes here with the glory of an international award from IFFI. According to the rules of the IFFK, a film that competes in any international festival in the country cannot be included in the competition section. Well acclaimed by the critics, this film by debutant director Salim Ahamed is India’s official entry at the Oscars this year.
Karmayogi, a realistic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by V.K. Prakash has Indrajith and Nithya Menon in the lead roles whereas Kamal’s Gaddama portrays the travails of housemaids in Saudi Arabia. The visual language of the movie is unusually sharp and Kavya Madhavan received the Kerala state award 2010 for her performance in Gaddama.
Pakarnnattom, directed by celebrated director Jayaraj narrates the story of a man who is accused in a political murder case and his girlfriend’s fight to save him. The lead roles are played by Jayaram and Sabitha Jayaraj.
Shalini Usha Nair’s debut movie Akam is based on Malayattoor Ramakrishnan’s famous novel Yakshi. The horror thriller has Fahad Fasil and Anu in the lead.
T.V. Chandran’s latest venture Sankaranum Mohananum tells the story of a dead man visiting his young brother. The film narrates the conflict between two brothers; one values all relationships while the other is just the opposite. Meera Nandan and Rima Kallingal star in the movie along with Jayasoorya who plays the lead roles of both the brothers.
The blockbuster movies ‘Traffic’ by Rajesh Pillai and ‘Pranchiyettan and the Saint’ by Ranjith are noted for the novelty of the themes.
All these films are to be screened at the Nishagandhi open-air theatre in the evenings for the public.