Four women at various stages of pregnancy and a male gynaecologist who tends to them - ‘Zachariyayude Garbhinikal’ definitely has an intriguing storyline. “True to its title, it’s a female oriented narrative. The four women belong to different age groups and social backgrounds. The film follows them all as they go through the nine months,” says Aneesh Anwar, director.
The film has Lal playing the title role as a busy and dedicated gynaecologist. Rima plays Fatima, a nurse who migrates to Kochi from Kasaragod. Sanusha appears as Saira, a plus two student while Geetha will be seen as 52-year-old Sr Jasmine. Anuradha, the fourth character is essayed by Sandra, who is also the producer of the film. “Though the film explores the lives of the four lead ladies, they are not treated as separate tracks. All stories are inter-connected with each other Zachariya being the common link,” he says.
Asha Sharat plays Lal’s wife in the film - the only woman who is not pregnant among the key characters. Joy Mathew, Shanawas, Aju Varghese, Kochu Preman and Devi Ajith are also part of the cast.
‘Zachariyayude Garbhinikal’ also introduces a composer duo - Vishnu and Sharath. “Son and nephew of Mohan Sithara, they have come up with three tracks for the film sung by Shaan, K S Chitra, Jyothsna and Alaap Raju,” says the director. The lyrics are composed by the Aneesh Anwar and Aengandiyoor Chandrasekharan. “The two songs ‘Veyil Chilla’ and ‘Oh Penne’ are already out and have garnered much appreciation. The third one, a lullaby, will be released very soon,” he adds.
Aneesh Anwar, who had earlier made ‘Mullamottum Muthiricharum’, says he would call his latest a humourous drama. “Though the subject dealt is serious, the film doesn’t have a sober mood. It has its share of sentiments, melodrama and comedy.” The film will see Rima Kallingal in a full-length comic avatar. “Rima’s character uses the typical Kasargod slang and it has come out exceptionally well,” says the director.
Though the central characters of ‘Zachariyayude Garbhinikal’ are pregnant women Aneesh says the subject he deals with is entirely different from the recently released ‘Kalimannu’. “Both the films depict pregnancy, the similarities start and end there. The theme and the mood of this film cannot be compared with ‘Kalimannu’,” he says.
The film shot in and around Kochi has its camera cranked by Vishnu Narayan. The film produced by Sandra Thomas and Thomas Joseph Pattathanam is expected to hit the screens by the end of September.