Pakalum Paathiravum, which is directed by Ajai Vasudev, has Kunchacko Boban, Rajisha Vijayan and Guru Somasundaram
Malayalam star Kunchacko Boban’s thrillers such as Nayattu, Nizhal and Anjaam Pathiraa have been lapped up by the non-Malayali audience after their OTT releases. His upcoming thriller Pakalum Paathiravum, which hit theatres in March, is now gearing up for its digital release.
The movie, which is helmed by Ajai Vasudev and scripted by Nishad Koya, is based on Dayal Padmanabhan’s Aa Karaala Rathri, which was inspired by a play named Lithuania by Rupert Brooke. The play was further adapted to Kannada by Mohan Habbu and in Malayalam as Dam 999 by renowned thespian NN Pillai.
Apart from Kunchacko, Pakalum Paathiravum also had Rajisha Vijayan, Guru Somasundaram, Seetha and Manoj KU in pivotal roles. The movie was shot right after the pandemic lockdown and had Sam CS composing its tunes.
What is Pakalum Paathiravum’s story?
The film revolves around the events that happen after a wildlife photographer stops at a house en route to Mysore to Kochi via Wayanad. The village, where he halts, is already facing a Maoist threat and the stranger’s presence further intimidates those around him. The family, who hosts him for a night, however, discover that the stranger isn’t all he says he is, after they find a gun and gold with him. The series of incidents that happen during the night form the plot of the movie.
In an earlier interview with us, the film’s director Ajai Vasudevan, who had previously helmed ‘mass’ entertainers such as Shylock and Masterpiece, said that initially hesitant about choosing the subject as his next film.
“My hesitation had more to do with how I would approach this script because the content was so strong. You do it as a realistic film or a thriller with elements of an entertainer. So, I had a few discussions with my colleagues and mentors and finally decided to approach it in my style,” said the director.
When and where to watch Pakalum Paathiravum?
Pakalum Paathiravum is expected to begin streaming on ZEE5. The movie will also be available to stream on OTTplay Premium from April 21 onwards. The streaming platform recently released Arjun Ashokan’s Pranaya Vilasam and is also set to drop Vishnu Unnikrishnan’s Vedikettu on April 28.