The movie, directed by Dileesh Pothan and scripted by Syam Pushkaran, was a reimagining of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
In spite of it being almost five months since its release, Fahadh Faasil’s Joji is still creating waves. The film, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video in April, was recently selected to be screened at Swedish International Film Festival.
Fahadh revealed the news through his social media page. The movie, which is helmed by Dileesh Pothan and scripted by Syam Pushkaran, is a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth with Fahadh playing the central character. The multi-starrer, which also has Unnimaya, Baburaj, Shammi Thilakan, Basil Joseph and Sunny PN in pivotal roles, was made keeping in mind an OTT release.
While there have been earlier versions of Macbeth in Malayalam cinema such as Veeram, Joji was the one that won universal praise, including from The New Yorker for its script and direction.
The movie revolves around an engineering dropout Joju (Fahadh), who along with his family lives in his father’s estate. After the latter suffers cardiac arrest, they start enjoying freedom and also begin to think about the money that they stand to get. However, as the patriarch begins to regain his health, Joji along with his sister-in-law hatches a plan that slowly delves into the scheming, conniving mind of Joji.
With the movie being the official selection of the Swedish International Film Festival this year, it’s safe to say that it’s just the start of a long journey awaiting the acclaimed movie in the festival circuit. Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Jallikattu was the last Malayalam film to earn a ticket to the Oscars by way of being India’s official entry and Joji is a strong contender next year.