Jude Anthany Joseph’s much-anticipated multi-starrer, 2018, is all set to hit theatres in May
Last Updated: 05.56 AM, Apr 24, 2023
It’s been almost four years since director Jude Anthany Joseph started working on his dream project that revolved around the 2018 Kerala floods, which was one of the worst disasters suffered by the State since 1924.
The makers recently released the trailer of the movie, which first went on floors in 2019 with a totally different cast featuring Manju Warrier and Indrajith Sukumaran as part of the team. While the latter two are no more associated with the film, the upcoming movie still has some of the best talent in Mollywood including Tovino Thomas, Asif Ali, Lal, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Kunchacko Boban, Aparna Balamurali, Indrans and Narain.
The latest trailer of the film offered an extensive glimpse of the film, which was shot and completed last year. The makers have designed the film as several incidents that took place during the floods in August 2018, with water and rescue efforts connecting them all.
While Tovino plays a former soldier in the movie, Lal and Narain essay the parts of fishermen, who had emerged as the heroes during the rescue efforts in 2018. The movie will show perspectives of different individuals – from government officials and journalists to those who were trapped during the floods as well as the unlikely heroes during the time of crisis that united all of the State.
2018 also has Tamil actor Kalaiyarasan, Aju Varghese, Gauthami Nair and Sshivada as part of the cast, while composer Nobin Paul and cinematographer Akhil George as part of the crew. The big budget film was initially set to hit theatres on April 21 as an Eid release but the makers decided to push it to May 5 due to an already packed festive season that saw the releases of Tovino’s Neelavelicham, Basil Joseph’s Kadina Kadoramee Andakadaham, Lukman Avaran’s Sulaikha Manzil and Soubin Shahir’s Ayalvaashi.
The movie is touted to be one of the most awaited releases during the summer in Malayalam. 2018’s OTT rights have been bought by Sony LIV and the film will be available to stream on OTTplay Premium as well after its theatrical run.