Heralding Onam festival, four films are in line to hit theatres this year with four new directors try their luck at the box office.
On one side, three superstars, Mohanlal, Nivin Pauly, and Prithviraj, test the waters, and state-award winner Rajisha Vijayan plays the key role in a woman-centric film.
Although there has been an exponential increase in the number of Malayalam movies released every year, the magic of festival releases has endured and all eyes are on the four new movies at cinemas this week: Love Action Drama; Ittymaani: Made in China; Brother’s Day and Finals. All four movies have been directed by debut directors with a fairly-long association with cinema.
1. Ittimaani Made in China: Watching Mohanlal on Onam is nothing short of a treat, or Sadhya, in Mollywood terms. The superstar’s new movie Ittimaani Made In China will be releasing on September 6, 2019. Directed by Jibi and Joju, the movie also KPAC Lalitha, Honey Rose, Aju Varghese and Salim Kumar. Produced by Antony Perumbavoor, the story is about this ‘common man’ who was born in China but lives in Kunnamkulam, Thrissur. Jibi emphasises that it is a “feel-good, family entertainer”. Mohanlal and Vaikom Vijayalakshmi have sung a song in the film.
2. Love, Action, Drama: Another lineup for Onam this year is the most-awaited Malayalam film of 2019, Love, Action, Drama. Directed by Dhyan Sreenivasan, who puts in an appearance in a song sequence, it also has his elder brother Vineeth Sreenivasan and their father, Sreenivasan, in the cast. The movie stars Nivin Pauly and Nayanthara, in addition to Aju Varghese.
3. Brother’s Day: Directed by Kalabhavan Shajohn in his debut, Brother’s Day seems hilarious. Serendipity has been a huge factor in Kalabhavan Shajohn’s career. After established as an actor, Kalabhavan Shajohn wears the hat of a director. “Prithviraj made me a director. I was narrating a story I had written and he told me that he would work in it, if I were to direct the film. That is how I took my seat behind the camera,” says Kalabhavan Shajohn. It must be a record of sorts with father and sons acting together in this film. The movie stars Prithviraj, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Prayaga Rose Martin and Miya George. The teaser is combined with a lot of comedy scenes, making us put hopes in the movie.
4. Finals: Finals has in-form actor Rajisha Vijayan playing a cyclist, Alice, who aims at winning medals for India in the 2020 Olympics. However, the flick doesn’t fall into the template of Indian sports movies, believes PR Arun, director and scenarist of the movie. Set in the hill ranges of Kattappana, the story is also about the strong ties between a father-daughter and a coach-student. Suraj Venjaramoodu plays the dad and coach, Varghese. Wink girl Priya Prakash Varrier has sung a song in the film.