Padma is also scripted and directed by Anoop Menon
Anoop Menon has had back-to-back OTT releases in the past few weeks. After his directorial debut King Fish dropped on Sun NXT and Varaal followed earlier this week, the actor’s Padma is the latest to hit a streaming platform.
The movie, which has Surabhi Lakshmi in the titular role, revolves around the marriage and how its protagonist finds it tough to adjust to the urban background of her husband. Padma, which also has Maala Parvathi, Ambi Neenasam, Mareena Michael Kurushingal and Shankar Ramakrishnan, hit theatres earlier this year. It was also Anoop’s first directorial to get a theatrical release even though King Fish had completed its shoot before the pandemic.
In a recent interview with OTTplay, Anoop had talked about the feedback of the movie and why he had opted to release Padma in theatres, even though it was initially planned for OTT.
“Padma, right from the beginning, we had planned an OTT release, but when a few of my colleagues from the industry watched the movie, they asked, ‘Why can’t you release this in theatres? It’s your first film.’ So, I decided to release the films in theatres,” he said, adding that both Padma and King Fish were films that can be watched within the confines of home or on portable devices unlike his latest release Varaal that demanded a theatrical watch.
The actor also said that he had always wanted to do a movie on urban marriages. The feedback of the movie, especially in the cities, helped fetch a good deal for Padma from OTT platform. As a producer, he said, it was a highly-profitable film for him even though it only had a three-week run in theatres. “The response the film got was the reason the OTT providers approached us,” he said.
The movie’s OTT rights were bagged by Amazon Prime Video, which has begun streaming the film.