Kollam Ajith’s next Pakal Pole  to hit the screens in July

The actor-turned-director's says his movie aims to spread a social message

Published: 24th June 2017 08:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th June 2017 08:08 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

Armed with decades-long experience in the film industry, Kollam Ajith is donning the cap of a director again. As his next Pakal Pole hits the  screens next month, Ajith says his venture has a cause to 
address. Pakal Pole, a small-budget movie, has a clear message. It condemns  stereotyping the Muslim community as terrorists.

“I play Salim, who is tagged a terrorist by society. It details the setbacks  he has to face due to this, which eventually leads to the breakdown of his family,” says Ajith.The actor-director says that he screened the movie free of cost on Kozhikode beach, so that the message reaches a wider audience.

He adds that Pakal Pole has tried to shed light on social issues like dowry  and terrorism. My character Salim is the pivot around which the film revolves. I wanted my characters to be real and relatable. I talked about  this concept to Thilakan chettan (actor Thilakan) years ago and he  agreed to play the role of my father. Unfortunately, he is not with us now,” said Ajith. 

The movie has Riyas Khan, Kozhikode Vikraman Nair, Bindhu Ramakrishnan and   Kochupreman in prominent roles. The actor says he had to fight odds to ensure that Pakal Pole get screens “Even the government theatres didn’t want to screen Pakal Pole. The censor  board had issues too but I came came out fighting all barriers,” he says.

 Ajith wants to screen it in college and schools to spread the message. Kollam Ajith, who debuted as a director with Calling Bell, is currently working with his third movie Oru Kadalinum Appuram which deals with the hardships faced by the elderly.


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