Kurup, the highly anticipated film by Dulquer Salmaan, is set to hit theaters in November. Previously, it had been assumed that the film would premiere on an OTT platform.
Entertainment industry tracker Sreedhar Pillai wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: “#Kurup, #DQ thriller has been confirmed to hit theaters worldwide in November 2021. Tentative theater booking started at # Kerala via @DQsWayfarerFilm. Previously, there had been reports that it could go streaming. (sic) ”
Directed by Srinath Rajendran, the film features Dulquer Salmaan as Sukumara Kurup, Kerala’s most wanted criminal. The film also stars Sobhita Dhulipala, Indrajith Sukumaran, Shine Tom Chacko, Sunny Wayne and Bharath Niwas.
Kurup is funded by Wayfarer Films and M Star Entertainments.
On the job front, Dulquer Salmaan a Salute, King of Kotha, Othiram Kadakam, Hey Sinamika and an untitled Telugu movie in his kitten.
Here is the list of the winners of the 51st Kerala State Film Awards. The jury for the latest Kerala State Film Awards was chaired by actor-filmmaker Suhasini Maniratnam.
Best Film – Great Indian Cuisine Second Best Film – Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam Best Director – Sidhartha Siva for Ennivar Best Actor – Jayasurya for Vellam Best Actress – Anna Ben for Kappela Best Character Actor (Male) – Sudheesh for Ennivar Best Character Actor (Female) – Sreerekha for Veyil Best Child Artist (Male) – Neeranjan S Kasiminte Kada Best Child Artist (Female) – Arravya Sharma Best Story – Senna Hegde for Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam Best Director of Photography – Chandru Selvaraj for Kayattam Best Lyricist – Anwar Ali for Malik
There is a saying in Malayalam which translates to “kill and throw the body in the river / trenches”. In his first feature film, Nithin Lukose takes this saying and stories from Kallody’s (his village in Wayanad) past, and simmers them in a river swelling with corpses. In the center of Paka is a river and a retriever – an old, Viking-like Jose, whose petting his white mutton chops signals a male world order. The gripping film doesn’t have the high-octane thrill of Jallikattu, Paka scores on a sober display and odd composition.
In this verdant village, the doomed lovers Johnny (Basil Paulose) and Anna (Vinitha Koshy), from two warring families, hope their love will conquer all, ending the centuries-old animosity. But is love universal, can it overcome bloody ties? Sounds Romeo and Juliet. Also, Hulchul (2004), the Hindi adaptation of The Malayalam Godfather (1991); that one was a comedy though. It is a tragedy, a drama of revenge. More Mahabharata than Shakespeare.
Here, Dhritarashtra (Anna’s grandfather, Varkey) and Kunti (Johnny’s grandmother) instigate their sons and grandsons, respectively, to avenge the death of their ancestors. Will the cycle of violence, the heritage of the counter-attack, come to an end? Lukose’s directorial debut will take place at the 46th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), September 10-18. Paka is running for the limelight with another Indian film, Dug Dug by Ritwik Pareek, among the 16 films in the “Discovery” competition section, which screens a director’s first or second feature film.
The film joins the league of Malayalam films such as Moothon by Geetu Mohandas and Jallikattu by Lijo Jose Pellissery which had premiered at TIFF earlier, considered more commercial than other festivals. And maybe, the right platform for a film like Paka, an independent treatment of a classic, mainstream subject.
A photo of Paka with Joseph Manickel as Varkey.
Like Don Palathara who dedicates his 1956 Malayalam Central Travancore to the stories of his Achachan (grandfather), Paka was born from the stories of Lukose’s grandmother – the early Christians who migrated from southern Kerala to the hill ranges. of northern Kerala in the 1950s, the forested land that the early settlers encroached to cultivate, the struggles they faced, dying of epidemic malaria and battling wildlife. “Once we are sorted out with our fundamentals, we start to fight against each other. This is what we humans do, ”says Lukose, 35. The unique aspect of his village – a river into which bodies were thrown – became Paka.
In February 2019, when Lukose returned home for the annual festival at St George’s Church, the idea for a film – interspersed with Old Testament references – was born. The following year, around the same time, he returned to filming. In January, the NFDC’s Work-In-Progress project won the Prakash Lab DI award and the Moviebuff Appreciation award.
The film takes place a posteriori, we see events happen and we hear what drives them. The lovers, the families in conflict are intrigues, a fictitious fabric woven around the real – the river, an offshoot of Kabini, and Jose, a scavenger of real bodies. “José and the river were my first point of entry into history. He is the only one in this village who can dive into the trenches. There is another guy, Tiger Johnny, from the neighboring village who can do it too (both feature in Paka), ”says Lukose, who saw and heard many stories about his cop father growing up.
The track by Kocheppan (Jose Kizhakkan) is inspired by real life, from the recent past. A man from Lukose village killed five members of a family and served a prison sentence of 12 to 13 years. He came back, to be killed by this family. If Kocheppan is Goliath, his non-confrontational nephew Johnny (Paulose) evolves as the “new” Undertaker – an authorial nod to young Lukose, who consumes wrestling in WWE, when the Undertaker was a cult.
In this masculine universe, the female – grandmother or river – seeks blood. The rock that opens onto the river is a symbolic vagina. Blood will flow, in a world that knows destruction, not creation. We only hear from the quivering octogenarian matriarch, a key figure, played by Lukose’s own grandmother, and see her photo after her end – “her face has been shown in previous editions”. A creative contribution from co-producer Anurag Kashyap, who boarded the ship in post-production. Kashyap, whose Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) was another story of family feuds and revenge cycle, had told Lukose, “If you show a monster, she’ll be less of a monster.”
The other producer, Raj Rachakonda, had worked with Lukose who made the sound for his telugu film Mallesham (2019). The FTII graduate has been the sound designer of films like Raam Reddy’s Thithi (2015) and Dibakar Banerjee’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar (2021), and won the first Resul Pokutty IIFA Foundation scholarship in 2010. He performed an internship with his FTII-senior and Oscar winner Pokutty (Slumdog Millionaire, 2009), who “asked him to sort through all the hard drives (around 100) in his studio first, for a month”.
For his own film, Lukose passed the reins of sound to another. He had pre-recorded the sounds of the place – the festival, the river, the monsoon – and later returned to tour with this bank. He gathered a mix of well-known actors, his friends and the local villagers, and had to tone down the melodrama of which the villagers were capable. As times change, “the Communist Party that was banned in Kerala in 1956 is now the government,” Lukose says, some things don’t – “the Taliban have returned to Afghanistan. People will fight forever. Like the cyclical nature of the film universe. Varkey’s grandson is sitting in the absent patriarch’s chair, a boy is born in the house, there will be no end. In Paka, an elderly man sits across the river, witnessing it all, as he listens to the radio (commentary on Colombian football, news about the war, border shooting) – his only connection to the world outside the fictional world. Johnny’s deceased uncle and brother join him. Maybe he’s the late husband of the grandmother who was a trumpeter, maybe it’s God who sits down and laughs at human foolishness. Ultimately, the village is a microcosm of the world – with all of its cracks and follies intact.
Malayalam superstar Mohanlal announced his new film on Wednesday, which will mark his reunion with director Shaji Kailas after a hiatus of more than a decade.
“It is with great excitement and happiness that I announce my next project with #ShajiKailas which starts rolling in October 2021. This film written by Rajesh Jayram and produced by @antonypbvr under the banner of @aashirvadcine brought us together me and Shaji after 12 long years (sic), ”Mohanlal tweeted.
Shaji Kailas is known for his shameless and flawless masala artists. And he has directed Mohanlal in seven films in the past, including popular films such as Aaram Thamburan and Narasimham. The actor-director duo’s last collaboration was Red Chillies, released in 2009.
Meanwhile, Mohanlal recently finished filming Bro Daddy, which is directed by Prithviraj. “Done! # 2nd Director! It was such a joy to see him having so much fun in front of the camera! Red Heart Thank you cheta @Mohanlal #AnthonyPerumbavoor for having so much faith and belief in me, thanks to a fantastic cast, and a great team! (sic), ”Prithviraj tweeted earlier this week.
Tovino Thomas announced on Monday that his long-awaited film Minnal Murali will soon be released on Netflix.
“From Kurukkanmoola to the world, Minnal Murali is ready to strike the world over. Coming on strike soon on @netflixIndia. Ithu minnum! (sic), “the actor tweeted.
Tovino Thomas plays Murali, a man of superhuman abilities. The teaser released earlier revealed that the protagonist’s superpower is his speed. The original Malayalam film will be available in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.
The release of Minnal Murali has been delayed for more than a year due to the pandemic. Relentlessly in the face of the virus, as Kerala continues to record a high number of cases, filmmakers are forced to choose the OTT route for the film. Recently, Fahadh’s gangster drama Faasil, Malik, and Kuruthi from Prithviraj have been among the Malayalam films that have opted for a direct OTT release.
Famous Godha director Basil Joseph directed Minnal Murali from a screenplay written by Arun Anirudhan and Justin Mathew. The film also stars Aju Varghese, Harisree Ashokan, Baiju Santhosh, Bijukuttan and Guru Somasundaram.