The movie is directed by Bibin Paul Samuel and also has Amith Chakalakkal and Ashwin Kkumar
The wait for theatrical release has been long for the makers of Aaha, which has Indrajith Sukumaran, Ashwin Kkumar and Amith Chakalakkal in the lead. After the Kerala government had announced that theatres can reopen from October 25, the movie now has an official release date.
The makers on Monday announced that the movie, directed by editor-turned-filmmaker Bibin Paul Samuel, will hit theatres on November 26. In an earlier interview with OTTplay, Bibin had confirmed that the movie will be a theatrical release despite interest shown by several OTT platforms.
“The plan is to release as soon as the theatres release. The movie was cleared by the censor board in March and it was also designed for theatres. Aaha is about tug of war, which is a layman’s sport that isn’t all that popular. So, those audiences would watch the film only when it releases in theatres and not on OTTs. We are taking that chance with Aaha,” said the editor-filmmaker, who will be making his directorial debut with the film.
Apart from Indrajith, Ashwin and Amith, the film also has Santhy Balachandran and Manoj K Jayan in pivotal roles. Indrajith plays two phases of his character – as a 30-year-old and a 55-year-old.
The movie is based on real-life Kerala tug-of-war team Aaha Neeloor, which comprised people who did manual labour such as rubber tapping and catering. The team, formed in the 90s, have been on top of the game for about 15 years. “The audience will see Indraettan, Manoj ettan, Ashwin and Amith showcasing their career-best performances,” said Bibin.