'Ottakkayyan'- a Malayalam film with a difference

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 25 Indugopan, a journalist turned director who directed 'Ottakkayyan', a Malayalam film that hit the theatres last week, made it evident with his debut movie that he thinks differently.

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Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 25 (IANS) Indugopan, a journalist turned director who directed 'Ottakkayyan', a Malayalam film that hit the theatres last week, made it evident with his debut movie that he thinks differently.

'This is a real time film and the story happens entirely in a single night. All outdoor scenes are shot completely at night, which is rare in Indian cinema,' Indugopan told reporters here Sunday after the film was screened for the media.

The story happens at midnight on an island, which is connected to the main land only through a rail link. Two youngsters, members of different fundamentalist groups get trapped on the island after committing a murder.

When asked what was the response to the film from the industry circles, Indugopan said, 'I don't believe in calling up people and telling them that I have made a film so please go and see it.'

'It is the passion that I have for films and the way I see a topic made me spend my money and direct a film. At the end of the day I am certainly happy because it is not an exaggeration to say, that an easy way to commit suicide is to make a Malayalam film,' said Indugopan.

The rains and darkness have been filmed in a masterly way by the cinematographer M.J. Radhakrishnan.

'The film was shot in 15 days by working 20 hours everyday and I have made no compromises because today every shot in a cinema can be made like a commercial product,' added the director who is also an accomplished writer with several novels and books to his credit.

The film also delves into how politics and politicians trap people for their own benefit.

The cast includes popular Comedian Harishree Asokan, actress Rani Babu with Asokan, Arun and T.G.Ravi.

Confirming that he will not remain as a 'one film wonder', Indugopan said, 'Certainly this is not the end of it, you will certainly see more of me in the coming years. I am here to stay.'


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