Mohanlal’s Alone is a single-actor thriller set during the pandemic lockdown
Last Updated: 04.43 AM, Feb 28, 2023
Director Shaji Kailas’ single-actor thriller Alone is all set to begin streaming on Disney+ Hotstar from March 3 onwards. While the movie has only Mohanlal on screen, several leading stars from the Malayalam film industry including Prithviraj Sukumaran and Manju Warrier have lent their voices for characters in the thriller, which is set during the pandemic lockdown.
Scripted by Rajesh Jayaraman, the movie revolves around a motivational speaker named Kalidasan, who moves into an apartment in Kochi in the middle of the pandemic. He soon begins to hear voices of the earlier residents of the apartment, and starts an investigation to find out what actually happened to them.
Here’s a list of actors, apart from Mohanlal, who have played pivotal roles in carrying Kalidasan’s investigation forward in Alone.
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Prithviraj essays the role of Hari bhai, a convict that Kalidasan had met in the jail during one of his motivational sessions. Kalidasan’s discussions had a profound impact on him and it also forced him to change his ways. However, his criminal tendencies brim to the surface every now and then.
Manju’s character Yamuna is Kalidasan’s friend and partner. She’s also the one responsible for arranging the apartment in Kochi that now haunts Kalidasan. The duo is apparently also set to get married soon.
Nandu’s character of the chief security officer at the apartment complex is the first person Kalidasan meets at his new place. Though the duo only converses through the phone, the security officer’s revelations further lead to Kalidasan uncovering the truth of what happened at his apartment.
The voice of the mother, Sreedevi, that Kalidasan begins to hear after he moves into his new apartment belongs to Rachana Narayanankutty. Through various incidents that the mother and daughter duo face during their stint at the place, Kalidasan learns what could have happened to them.
Shankar Ramakrishnan essays the role of journalist Vinod, who helps out Kalidasan after he’s stuck in the middle of his probe, with vital information that leads to him singling out people who he believes has committed the crime.
Annie Shaji Kailas
Annie made her comeback, albeit in a voice role, through Dr Soosan, a psychiatrist whom Kalidasan calls every time he believes that he is hearing voices in his head or is psychologically disturbed. Dr Soosan is the voice that keeps him sane, but her startling revelation also brings a twist in the end.
The veteran actress plays the role of Kalidasan’s next-door neighbour. Stuck at her home alone during the pandemic lockdown, Kalidasan brings her his home-cooked food and also has a chat that begins to reveal the people he misses the most.
Renji Panicker plays the role of a colonel, who helps Kalidasan out, when he runs out of alcohol. The duo decide to get it delivered to the latter’s place via a food-delivery personnel.
Prithviraj’s character Hari bhai introduces Kalidasan to Baiju’s ASI Rasheed, who immediately agrees to help as he trusts his ways for reforming convicts. Rasheed also feeds vital information to Kalidasan to help in his investigation of what happened to Sreedevi.
Suresh Krushna plays the role of Thomas Kuruvilla, the caretaker of the apartment, who carries on a relationship with another resident Sheela Varkey (Zeenath). Thomas is also one of the suspects in Kalidas’ investigation.