The film, which is directed by debutant Charlie Davis, has Aparna Balamurali playing a school librarian
Last Updated: 04.12 AM, Aug 27, 2022
National Award-winning actress Aparna Balamurali’s Sundari Gardens is all set for its direct-to-OTT release. The movie, which is directed by debutant Charlie Davis, has Neeraj Madhav essaying the male protagonist.
The film has Aparna essaying the titular character of Sundari Sara Mathews, who is a school librarian, while Neeraj plays an English teacher named Victor. Over a course of several meetings with Victor, the geeky librarian falls in love with him. How she decides to follow her heart despite the overwhelming odds form the crux of the film.
In an earlier interview with OTTplay, Charlie, who has also written the script of the movie, said, “It’s basically a love story. The entire film is shot in an authentic structure of a musical that we see in Hollywood movies.”
Alphons Joseph is the composer of the film, which has five songs penned by lyricist Joe Paul, and several other additional tracks that will be featured as snippets throughout the movie. Considering that a vast majority of OTT releases do not have songs at all, Sundari Gardens promises to stand out. The feel-good factor of the movie could be another appealing aspect about the movie, which is produced by National Award-winning director Salim Ahammed.
Apart from Aparna and Neeraj, the movie also has Jude Anthany Joseph, Lekshmi Menon, Binu Pappu, Vijayaraghavan, Sminu Sijo and Sruthy Suresh in pivotal roles. Swaroop Philip and Sajit Unnikrishnan are its cinematographer and editor, respectively.
Sundari Gardens, which was shot extensively in picturesque locations of Erattupetta, Pala and Wagamon during the pandemic, is set to release on Sony LIV on September 2. Meanwhile, Aparna has also completed shooting for Ini Utharam and is currently shooting for Shaji Kailas’ Kaapa, which has Prithviraj Sukumaran, Asif Ali and Anna Ben, in Thiruvananthapuram. She is also part of Rathish Ambat’s segment in the Netflix anthology based on writer MT Vasudevan Nair’s stories.