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|Directed by||Lal Jose|
|Produced by||H. Sainullabdeen|
|Written by||Ikbal Kuttipuram|
Zhang Chu Min
Jagathy Sreekumar, Saleem Kumar
|Editing by||Ranjan Abraham|
|Distributed by||Balaji Movies
|Release dates||July 15, 2007|
|Running time||150 minutes|
Arabikkatha (Malayalam: അറബിക്കഥ, English: An Arabian Tale) is a 2007 Malayalam language film directed by Lal Jose and written by Ikbal Kuttipuram. The film was a critical success and a commercial success in India and the United Arab Emirates. It deals with differences within the Communist movement, and was produced against a background of real-life splits in the ruling Communist Party in Kerala state, India.
The film narrates the story of "Cuba" Mukundan (Sreenivasan) . He is a staunch leftist who lives for the movement. Machinations of a corrupt politician Karunan who perceives Mukundan as a threat to his political career force Mukundan to take up a job in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Even in Dubai, he finds that Kunjunny Muthalaly who was in league with Karunan is in Dubai, exploiting the helpless labourers who migrate to the Gulf performing menial jobs and physical labor in order to support their families back home. He has always had a soft corner for People's Republic of China as a result of his leftist leanings and when he meets Zhang Chu Min, a Chinese girl, she quickly finds a special place in his heart as she symbolizes China to him. Later even after realising that she is an anti communists and is there to make money for the treatment of her boyfriend who fought against the Chinese Government, he gives her his earnings saying a communist never keeps money more than his requirements. Mukundan, with the help of his friends Anwar, Maya, and Karim, exposes the machinations of Karunan and Kunjunny Muthalaly. Finally Mukundan returns home to work for the political cause which has been his life and love. ` The movie depicts Mukundan who lives in backward Kerala being catapulted into the real world of commerce and industry that gives employment opportunity to workers from Kerala. Mukundan who finds himself in present society where sticking to any ideology without any compromises is perceived as something of an anachronism.
- Sreenivasan : "Cuba" Mukundan
- Jayasurya : Sidharttan (negative role)
- Zhang Chu Min : Shu Min
- Samvrutha Sunil : Maya
- Jagathy Sreekumar : Kunhunni "Motalali" (negative role)
- Nedumudi Venu : "Society" Gopalan, Mukundan's father
- Saleem Kumar : Karim
- Indrajith : Anwar
- Sadiq: Abbas
- Kozhikode Narayanan Nair : Ravunni Mash
- Suraj Venjaramood: James (negative role and also a comedian)
- Guruvayoor Sivaji : Karunan (negative role)
- Manikandan Pattambi
- Atlas Ramachandran : "Coat" Nambiar
- KTC Abdulla as himself
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- "‘Arabikatha’ turns out to be a success tale". The Hindu. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
- "Hit Malayalam film showing in Doha today". Gulf Times. 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
- "Arabikatha a tale on Communism’s strife". newindpress.com (New Indian Express Group). 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
- "Movie throws light on split in ruling party". Gulf Times. 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
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