Directed by Manu C Kumar, Sesham Mikeil Fathima - starring Kalyani Priyadarshan, Femina George and Shaheen Siddique - is releasing on November 17
Malayalam actress Kalyani Priyadarshan’s upcoming comedy drama film Sesham Mikeil Fathima, directed by Manu C Kumar, is gearing up for its theatrical release on November 17. The movie revolves around a Malabar-based Muslim woman, who aspires to become a football commentator. Bankrolled by Sudhan Sundaram and Jagadish Palanisamy, under the banners of Passion Studios and The Route, Sesham Mikeil Fathima also stars Femina George, Shaheen Siddique, Parvathi T, Aneesh G Menon and Sabumon Abdusamad. Here are five reasons you must watch the film in cinemas.
1. Female-led film
Known for playing versatile characters, Kalyani Priyadarshan essays the titular role in Sesham Mikeil Fathima. Previously, the actress was seen portraying a Malabar-based character in the Tovino Thomas-starrer Thallumaala. The fact that she has trained in Malappuram 'slang' for her role in the upcoming movie is something to watch out for.
2. Fresh storyline
Sesham Mikeil Fathima brings a unique and fresh concept, focusing on the story of a young Muslim woman from Malabar, aspiring to become a football commentator. This deviation from conventional thriller and neo-noir plotlines promise a different cinematic experience, as the narrative explores the themes of passion, dreams and breaking social stereotypes.
3. Directorial debut
The Malayalam film industry never fails to encourage new filmmakers who, in turn, never disappoint with their debut ventures. Sesham Mikeil Fathima marks Manu C Kumar’s first directorial venture. Debut films often showcase raw talent and unique perspectives on storytelling, making this upcoming comedy drama an exciting release.
4. Cultural representation
The upcoming film - which revolves around a young woman named Fathima (Kalyani), hailing from North Kerala - provides an opportunity to explore and appreciate the cultural nuances of Malabar, both through its storyline and the lead character’s experiences. The teaser also showcases a scene where Femina’s character asks Fathima to improve her Malayalam speaking skills before pursuing her dream of becoming a commentator, which further indicates that the film will delve into the stigma attached to speaking a particular 'slang'. The emphasis on authenticity, including language and slang, contributes to a more immersive and genuine portrayal of the region.
5. Soundtrack and cinematography
The collaboration between Hesham Abdul Wahab (for music) and Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran (for cinematography) hints at a visually and musically appealing film. Hesam Abdul’s musical composition for Kalyani’s previous romantic drama film Hridayam was a huge success, and fans are thrilled to know about what he has in store for the upcoming film. The combination of vibrant visuals and a well-composed soundtrack makes the film a must-watch on the big screen.