From the intriguing plot and release date of Tovino Thomas’ Anweshippin Kandethum to its OTT partner and behind-the-scenes drama, here’s all we know about the film
Malayalam star Tovino Thomas’ Anweshippin Kandethum, which promises to be an engaging police thriller that will shed light on the investigators who are part of the investigations, is all set to hit theatres soon.
The makers of the movie, which is directed by Darwin Kuriakose and is scripted by Jinu Abraham, will be hoping that it extends the box office success of similar Malayalam movies such as Kannur Squad that are inspired by true incidents. Here’s all we know about the movie.
The police investigative drama will mark Tovino Thomas’ first release of 2024 and will hit theatres on February 9, which also see movies such as Jerry and Premalu, starring Mamitha Baiju and Naslen K Gafoor in the lead.
If the film does well during the week, it will have to contend with Mammootty’s Bramayugam and Biju Menon’s Thundu that will hit theatres on February 15 and 16, respectively. However, considering the film’s genre, Anweshippin Kandethum’s major competition will be the Biju Menon-starrer, which also revolves around a bunch of police officers.
While the movie had gone on floors last year, the makers started dropping glimpses only at the end of 2023, with each one piquing the interest of the viewers. The trailer of the movie also set its tone – an investigative drama – that has Tovino playing a rookie cop who reopens a long-forgotten case that had gone cold.
How its investigation also affects its consequent cases form the plot of the film. While many were quick to point out the similarities between Kannur Squad and Anweshippin Kandethum, the latter – revolves around a missing girl and what happened to her – is more of a police procedural in terms of treatment, or at least as can be surmised from its trailer.
The film’s scriptwriter Jinu Abraham, who had previously written movies such as Prithviraj Sukumaran’s Adam Joan, Masters and Kaduva, said that there are several real-life influences to the film’s plot. It’s set in 1993, when there wasn’t too much technology such as CCTV cameras and mobile tracking to apprehend culprits and the cops had to rely entirely on their investigative skills.
Incidentally, while writing the film, Jinu was also approached by a senior police officer in relation to the Jesna missing case, where a BCom student from Kanjirappally had gone missing in 2018. The cop wanted footage from Adam Joan, which was shot in the area. Though the information was incorrect, as Adam Joan was filmed in 2017, Jinu said that it gave him further confidence that the plot of Anweshippin Kandethum is relevant.
Apart from Tovino, who will be playing a cop for only the fourth time in his career after Ezra, Kalki and Tharangam, the film also has Siddique, Indrans, Vineeth Thattil David, Arthana Binu and Aadya Prasad in pivotal roles.
Debutant Darwin, who had previously worked as an assistant director in Adam Joan, has also roped in some of the best technicians such as cinematographer Girish Gangadharan, editor Saiju Sreedharan and composer Santhosh Narayanan for the movie.
The movie, which deals with two major cases, is “not a small budget film”, according to Jinu, who is also its co-producer. The film is backed by Theatre of Dreams as well as Yoodle Films – which had previously produced Prithviraj’s Kaapa and is also currently working on Mammootty’s Bazooka.
The team had shot for Anweshippin Kandethum in Kottayam, Thodupuzha, Erattupetta, Kanjirappally, Kattapana and Kochi over a period of 75 days. Tovino had shared several behind-the-scenes footage during their shoot in Kattapana where the team had played cricket during the breaks and the actor had got his co-stars to join him for his morning workouts. Incidentally, the team of Joju George and Kalyani Priyadarshan's Antony were also shooting in the same location and the two actors had paid a visit to the sets of the Tovino-starrer.
Though the makers are yet to officially announce the OTT partner of Anweshippin Kandethum, based on their previous production ventures, Netflix is expected to have already bagged the OTT rights of the film. The film is expected to drop on the streaming platform by March or April 2024, after its theatrical run.