Oraalppokkam is a collective effort to create a Malayalam movie with a global outlook. Defying the popular concept that a film is a medium to narrate stories, we try to explore the possibilities of the medium's capabilities to give a poetic and magical experience to viewers. This low budget movie will be produced by your contributions.
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Mahendran's life is like that of a free bird just like Maya's...She too is a free spirit unencumbered by any sort of bondage. When these two kindred spirits decide to come together in a live-in relationship, there are only two conditions attached: No restrictions of any kind and No off-springs. They shared a space, wherein Mahendran could still nest his individual aspirations.
Even here, his patience runs down, when the woman in her sometimes envelope him with that innate feminine concern... He finds that stifling - as if towards a faint threat to his guarded freedom.... He contrives extraneous relationships in a deliberate bid to assert his masculine independence on her, only to be stunned when Maya walks out on him on the fifth anniversary of their togetherness...
Mahendran refuses to acknowledge the gaping hole left in his psyche by Maya's departure... The descending gloom after Maya’s exit makes his life flow unfettered like a swollen river in the rains. He cascades through the various women that come his way and passionately immerses himself in intoxication.
After the breakup Maya totally disappears from Mahi’s life and she not even calls him at least once. Slowly a curiosity starts mounting in Mahendran about Maya’s total disappearance. Days passed and much to the surprise of Mahendran, he gets a call from Maya just the other moment he deleted her number to restrain his powerful urge to call her...She says that she is in a Himalayan valley, Kedar Nath... They talk to one another animatedly; as before...he speaks to her the whole night; till the battery drains off from his cell...He falls asleep, as if in a drunken stupor...
In the next morning he wakes up to the shrill voice of a news-anchor on TV and saw the flickering images of landslides and destruction. A raging Mandakini river was swallowing Kedarnath, wreaking havoc on puny men, tossing them up from their habitat and strewing corpses all around. It was Nature’s dance of death, with lofty structures crumbling down like the broken ego of man...Mahendran redials the number of the last call, only to hear a recorded message that the number cannot be reached...
Mahendran tries to behave normal and act that nothing has happened to him.. But his anxiety grows day by day and he becomes restless... He finally decides to go on a journey to escape from it all...however; someone within him seemed to guide him on, as if on a search. His journey finally takes him to Kedarnath and it eventually turning out to be a journey in search of something he doesn’t know...
CAST AND CREW
Prakash Bare is actively involved in malayalam theater and filmmaking as an actor and producer. Prakash acted in more than 10 malayalam films starting with the lead role in Sufi Paranja Katha. As a producer, he aims to create quality media content of social relevance. Sufi Paranja Katha(2010), Janaki(2011), Ivan Megharoopan(2012), and Papilio Buddha(2013) are his film productions. Prakash is also an engineer and entrepreneur currently focusing on multiple tech startups. He has a masters in technology from IIT, Kanpur and has held many leadership positions in electronic industry in India and Silicon Valley.
Ilavenil Meena Kandasamy is a poet, fiction writer, translator and activist based in Chennai. Most of her works are centered around feminism and caste annihilation of the contemporary Indian milieu. She has published two collections of poetry namely, Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010). She has also represented India at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program and was a Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow at the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom. Oraalppokkam will be Meena’s debut as an actress.
Bikramjit is a Promissing young director from West Bengal. He has directed many short movies and documentaries which have been exhibited in various Film Festivals across the globe. His first full length movie ACHAL (THE STAGNANT) has been officially selected to various international film festivals. His short movie “Laden is not my friend” has been awarded as the best short film in the second IV fest conducted by Kerala Govt. He is an ardent supporter of parallel cinema movement. Oraalppokkam will be his debut as an actor.
Krishnan Balakrishnan is well-known theater cum film artiste. He has theater experience of more than a decade. He was associated with major drama production houses like Kavalam Narayana Paniker’s Sopanam and Surya. He has been part of critiacally acclaimed films like Nalu Pennungal, directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Kuttisrank directed by Shaji N Karun.
Script and Direction
Sanalkumar Sasidharan, is a poet and an independent film maker. After graduating in Zoology and Law, his affinity to visual aesthetics made him turn into film-making. In 2001, he along with his friends started കാഴ്ച ചലച്ചിത്ര വേദി (Kazhcha Film Forum). His first short movie “Wonder World” won critical applause, while his second short movie “Parole”, garnered audience approval and awards. "Frog" was his third short movie, which won Kerala state television award for best telefilm.
With eight years’ experience in cinematography, Indrajith is currently working as an associate cameraman with Anil Nair. He has done many Ad-Films and Documentaries for C-DIT, Kerala Government and PRD, Kerala Government as independent cameraman. Also he was behind the camera in the children’s film “Mazhavil Niraviloode” which won the Kerala state Film award in the year 2011. He was chosen as the Best Cameraman at the Kerala State Children Educational Film Awards 2009 for the Short Film- Kariyilakal.
Appu N. Bhattathiri
After pursuing degree in Digital Media, specializing in Visual Effects, Appu joined Srinath Rajendran's Second Show as an assistant director. Being an aspiring filmmaker, he went to on to direct five and be the editor of over 30 short films. 'Oraalppokkam' marks his debut as a feature film editor.
Krishnanunni — one of the country's most eminent sound designers, a recipient of several State and national awards, and one who has worked with illustrious filmmakers such as Adoor Gopalakrishnan, G. Aravindan, and Shaji N. Karun.
N.Harikumar is one of the most accomplished sound engineers in the country. He has received two national awards and a number of state awards. He has shared national award for best audiography with T.Krishnanunni for Anantharam in 1987. In 1989 he received the national award again for Mathilukal.
Spot Sound Recording
Sandeep Kurissery was trained to play keyboard as a child. After completing his graduation in Physics, he studied sound engineering at the School of Audio Engineering, Chennai. A firm believer in the power of sync sound in cinema, he has worked in several productions as a location sound recordist and mixer. He is also passionate about music and writing. For the past 11 years, he has been working in Malayalam television as audio engineer and broadcast operator.
Murugan has been working as an Art Director/Associate art director in Malayalam film industry for the last 20 years. He has been a part of art department in many noted film projects like Agnisakshi, Paleri Manikyam etc. He has a working experience with acclaimed directors like Syamaprasad, Renjith etc.
Derrick Sebastian-is an Engineer and Management Graduate.His career spans over 7 Years in IT industry. He has previously worked for Infosys and Wipro in India and US . Currently he is focusing on technology startups in Media Space .Derrick is also into managing media production in Film and Theatre space. He is now joining hands with Kazhcha in executing the production of 'Oraalppokkam',
Basil is a composer, music arranger and programmer. An accomplished classical pianist trained by the renowned Charles Das Daniel, he is an expert in many digital audio workstations and is also highly skilled in Carnatic flute. A music teacher for Trinity Grade exams, he has been involved with a number of films in Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil movie industries, working for and with many music directors. He is a certified audio engineer from SAE Chennai. An entrepreneur as well, he has his own music production house.
B Ajithkumar is one of the most accomplished film editors in the country. He has already won three national awards, one for feature film and two for short fictions. He also has won two Kerala state film awards for feature films. A graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, he has many documentary films to his credit. An avid reader and political thinker, his understanding of cinema and its politics is deep and insightful. He is a well-wisher and supporter of Kazhcha initiative. B. Ajithkumar was the editor of Parole produced by Kazhcha in 2008.
Sunny Joseph, ISC is an acclaimed Cinematographer and director, most known for his work in Shaji N. Karun classic, Piravi, for which he won the 1988 Kerala State Film Award for Best Photography. He has been a mentor of Kazhcha Film Forum from its beginning years. Sunny Joseph was the man behind camera for Kazhcha’s first production “Wonder World”.
Posters and publicity design
Nandan is a part of Kazhcha Film Forum for the past two years. He is a graphic designer from Kodungalloor, Thrichur . He has been in designing and advertising for the last 10 years. He has designed posters and advertising materials for many films.
G.S. Naveen Nath
Naveen is the treasurer of Kazhcha Film Forum. He is a film enthusiast and an upcoming director. He has scripted and directed a short film “White Salute” in 2013. Naveen is a graduate in English and Journalism.