The bilingual film set in a village in Tamil Nadu, is produced by Mammootty
It looks like Mammootty's latest outing Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam is indeed going places. The drama, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, has now achieved the rare feat of making it to the list of Top 5 International movies to watch out by The New York Times. Sharing a preview of the article, the film's production house Mamootty Kampany wrote, "Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam Keeps making the industry proud with each passing day. Now listed as one of the Top 5 International movies to watch out by The New York Times (sic)."
The list includes 'Nanpakal Nerathu Maykkam', French movie 'Jumbo', Norwegian drama 'A Human Position', Czech horror drama 'Domestique' and the British film 'The Show'.
Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam which translates to 'A mid-day slumber' is jointly produced by Mammootty and Lijo Jose Pellissery. The plot revolves around a group of pilgrims from Kerala who are on their way back home after a visit to Velankanni in Tamil Nadu. During the return journey, one of the travellers, a cantankerous James (Mammootty) wakes up from a siesta and asks the driver to stop the vehicle near a sleepy village in Tamil Nadu.
James calmly walks into the village and begins behaving like a local, called Sundaram, who had gone missing a few years ago and was presumed dead. He also becomes a happy-go-lucky man, an exact opposite of James, and begins conversing with everyone in fluent Tamil. Both the villagers and the fellow travellers are stunned by the behaviour and are in an utter state of confusion. Meanwhile, the wives of James and Sundaram develop a unique bond and try to solve the predicament together.
The film's star cast includes Mamootty, Ashokan, Ramya Pandian, Poo Ramu, Ramachandran Durairaj, Ashwanth Ashokkumar, Namo Narayana, Rajesh Sharma to name a few. The script has been penned by S Hareesh and cinematography is by Theni Eswar. Though the film released in January, it shot to further fame after its OTT release on Netflix.