The 35-year-old actor’s teenage role in Malik was much discussed and appreciated
The 2018 Malayalam queer drama Pixelia, starring Malik fame Sanal Aman, has been released on Neestream on August 7. The directorial debut of Ratheesh Ravindran explores the queer genre, which is rare in Indian cinema.
The film’s cast also includes Gowri Savithri and Vijay Menon in pivotal roles. Sanal plays the role of a graphic novelist Kumar, who leaves his corporate job to become a writer. Apart from working for his novel, he also starts working as an Uber driver in Kochi city. The story takes a turn when Mandakini (played by Gowri Savithri), a transgender, gets into his cab. The movie was shot by a small crew on a shoestring budget.
In an earlier statement, Ratheesh had said that Pixelia deals with the idea of fragmentation in our day-to-day lives, time and spaces. He added that the movie also explores how we carry our multiple identities, or an alter ego and nurture them during all our conflicts while searching for our true self. The movie also touches upon storytelling and explores its different aspects with regard to how we create and live inside our own stories, according to our convenience.
Its lead, Sanal Aman, had recently received much appreciation for his pivotal role in Fahadh Faasil-starrer Malik, directed by Mahesh Narayanan. The 35-year-old actor’s teenage role was much discussed in terms of his performance and how he managed to pull off the body language and looks of a 17-year-old boy. The actor started his career through theatres, and had acted in many plays before he made his film debut with Asthamayam Vare, directed by Sajin Babu.
The other actors in Pixelia are Afeeda KT, Vedh Vishnu, Jayaraj Nair, Azad, Aiswarya Nath Rajaneesh and Lalitha. Ranjit Karunakaran is the producer under the banner of RK Entertainments & DocArt Productions in association with Filmocracy Foundation. Cinematography is handled by Sakyadev Chowdhary.