When tales of women abused by men have been the subject of many a film, only a handful of them delve on the abuser. Chronicling the life of an abuser forms the crux of Biju C Kannan’s ‘Iruvazhi Thiriyunnidam’. The film portrays the grayer tones of society through the life of Velu, a headload worker. “’Iruvazhi..’ narrates the story of Velu, who is obstinate. He lives on his own terms and this attitude makes him inconsiderate,” says Biju who observes that society has from time immemorial been witnessing every kind of abuse be it material or otherwise.
The movie catches up with Velu’s youthful years and grows with him till his old age and the ups and downs he faces and the transformation he undergoes.
Velu essayed by Kalabhavan Mani shows how four women come to his life at four stages. Velu’s life takes the course of a predator to a protector’s. “The first woman that he abuses turns out to become his wife, then another woman who becomes his victim is his friend’s wife, third is his daughter-in-law and the last woman is the one who Velu protects from abusers,” explains Biju who made off beat movies like Manoj K Jayan- starrer ‘Chaayam’ and Biju Menon-Bhavana-starrer ‘Thadha’.
The director also sheds light on a present generation girl whose father and mother sells her into prostitution. Velu comes to her rescue but unfortunately, the girl herself chooses the grey path for the love of money.
“Like the title, ‘Iruvazhi Thiriyunnidam’, we all reach a junction where our paths are divided into two, one will be a positive and other negative. It is up to us to make a wise choice,” says Biju who has penned the script for the movie.
Anoop Chandran dons the role of Velu’s friend who lives on the path of goodness, while Sreekumar of ‘Memories’ and comedy serial ‘Marimayam’ fame plays Velu’s son.
M M Mani aka Mani asan, the CPI(M) leader, who was in the news for his speeches will also play a prominent role in the movie. “He plays an elderly person who fights the evils in society. Though he is physically weak, mentally he is strong,” says Biju.
The camera is cranked by Devandu, music is composed by Thej Mervin and lyrics by Anil Panachooran. The film produced under the banner of Skybold Film division will hit the screens on February 27.