KOCHI: ‘Oralpokkam’ (Six Feet High), the first movie in Malayalam made by online crowd funding will have its first public screening in Kerala on Thursday in Kochi.
The screening, at the initiative of Cochin Film Society, will be done as a part of its thirtieth anniversary at the Children’s Park theatre at 5.30 pm.
In this directorial debut of Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, the female protagonist Maya is played by Meena Kandasamy. Actor producer Prakash Bare has been cast as the male lead. This film is the debut acting venture of the Tamil writer.
The film, which is mutli-lingual as it has dialogues in Tamil, English, Hindi and Malayalam, is a love story. It catalogues the journey of a man (Bare) who has been jerked out of his ‘free’ urban and promiscuous existence by the mysterious disappearance of his estranged lover (Meena).
The male protagonist finds himself in totally otherworldly-yet-all-too-real landscapes and life situations, in and around the post-disaster Kedarnath and its pristine surroundings in the Himalayan ranges while he obsessively goes on a journey in search for Meena.
“Oralpokkam is an unconventional but honest take on man-woman relationship and the ruined landscape of the flood-ravaged Kedarnath plays a part in the film,” said Sasidharan whose ‘Frog’ had won the award for the best film at the State Television Awards in 2013.
The director says the screening too will be unique. “We are thinking of scheduling the theatre releases according to audience requests on lines of Anand Gandhi’s ‘Ship of Theseus’,” said Sanal.
The director and Prakash Bare will attend the screening and the face to face, after the show. If you want to become a member of the Cochin Film Society,then you have the opportunity to do so at the screening venue.