After Calella film fest, Jayasurya’s Sunny to be screened at Dhaka International Film Festival
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After Calella film fest, Jayasurya’s Sunny to be screened at Dhaka International Film Festival

The one-actor movie, directed by Ranjith Sankar, released on Amazon Prime Video last week

Sanjith Sidhardhan
Sep 29, 2021
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Jayasurya in a still from Sunny

It’s not just the pan Indian audience, but the entire world seems to be taking notice of Malayalam industry’s content these days. After Fahadh Faasil’s Joji won big at the Swedish International Film Festival recently, Jayasurya’s Sunny is gearing up to be screened at two premier festivals in Spain and Bangladesh, respectively.

While the makers had earlier announced that the movie is the only Indian entry to this year’s Calella Film Festival, Spain, in its competition section, director Ranjith Sankar and Jayasurya revealed today that Sunny has also been selected to be screened at the competition section of the Dhaka International Film Festival, which will be held from January 15-23, 2022.

In a statement to Amazon Prime Video, Ranjith said that when he finished the movie and showed it to a few people, they said that it has a universal appeal. That’s how they applied to both festivals and it’s a “proud moment” for the team to showcase the film in front of an international audience.

The one-actor film revolves around Jayasurya’s character Sunny, who returns from Dubai to Kerala and undergoes a week-long quarantine at a hotel. There he battles his inner demons and finds hope and inspiration through his interactions with strangers.

Apart from Jayasurya, the movie also features voices of Mamta Mohandas, Siddique, Sshivada, Aju Varghese, Innocent and Shruti Ramachandran. Sunny is Jayasurya’s 100th movie and marks the eight collaboration between the filmmaker and actor.

In an earlier interview with OTTplay, Ranjith had told us, “While I was writing, I thought that would be the biggest challenge. But after that, the making became a huge task because how many shots would you take in a place with a person. That’s when I realised that it would not be easy if I would be collaborating with someone I haven’t worked with before. I wanted a good actor and someone familiar with the way I operate. To make Sunny, you needed an extreme level of teamwork. If you finish your shot and then pull away, it’s not going to work; you have to be part of the discussions and that’s when I thought of Jayan.”

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