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Malayankunju: Fahadh Faasil reveals this crucial scene didn’t make the final cut, despite him wanting it

The movie, which is directed by Sajimon Prabhakar, is set to release on Amazon Prime Video on August 11

Malayankunju: Fahadh Faasil reveals this crucial scene didn’t make the final cut, despite him wanting it
Fahadh Faasil in a still from Malayankunju
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Last Updated: 05.17 AM, Aug 10, 2022

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For a lot of viewers, more of Fahadh Faasil is never a bad thing. But for Malayankunju, which is set to release on Amazon Prime Video on August 11, the makers decided to eliminate a lot of sequences that they had initially shot for but then deemed unnecessary.

The Malayalam star revealed that a pivotal sequence, showcasing his transformation and him trying to mend his bond with his mother and sister, was left on the cutting floor after the final edit of the survival thriller, which had released in theatres last month.

Malayankunju, which is directed by Sajimon Prabhakar and scripted by Mahesh Narayanan, revolved around Fahadh’s character Anikuttan, a recluse and a bigot, who gets trapped 40 feet below after a landslide. How the cry of a newborn named Ponni becomes his only hope for survival forms the crux of the film.

In a recent interview with Film Companion, the actor said that the movie that was showcased in theatres was a much more refined version. He revealed that there was a sequence where Anikuttan was talking to himself, while being trapped underground. This was to depict a conversation between him and his mother, where he tells her that he would take her to his sister’s house and mend their broken relationship, but Anikuttan was talking as well as replying as his mother.

Fahadh revealed that it was a sequence that he had really liked but eventually they thought it was unnecessary to the overall arc of the story. “We rooted for Ani and Ponni’s relationship. Everything else was secondary,” he said, adding that they left it for the audience to figure out Ani’s relationship with the other characters in the movie in the latter half.

Malayankunju is also the Vikram actor’s first theatrical release in Malayalam since the pandemic, discounting the Malayalam-dubbed version of Allu Arjun’s Pushpa.

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