Arabikkatha

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Arabikkatha
Arabikkatha.jpg
Central Home Entertainment DVD cover
Directed by Lal Jose
Produced by H. Sainullabdeen
Written by Ikbal Kuttipuram
Starring Sreenivasan
Zhang Chu Min
Jayasurya
Indrajith
Samvrutha Sunil
Jagathy Sreekumar, Saleem Kumar
Nedumudi Venu
Suraj Venjarammoodu
Satheesh Menon
Music by Bijibal
Cinematography Manoj Pillai
Edited by Ranjan Abraham
Distributed by Balaji Movies
Sagar Release
Release dates July 15, 2007 (2007-07-15)
Running time 150 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

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[1] and a commercial success in India[2] and the United Arab Emirates.[3] It deals with differences within the Communist movement,[4] and was produced against a background of real-life splits in the ruling Communist Party in Kerala state, India.[5]

Plot summary[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

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Soundtrack[edit]

Arabikkatha's songs and background score are composed by Bijibal. The lyrics were written by Anil Panachooran and Rafeeq Ahamed. The music album has 7 songs:

Track Song Title Singer(s)
1 "Thirike Njan" Dr. K. J. Yesudas
2 "Tharakaramalarukal" Vineeth Sreenivasan, Sujatha Mohan
3 "Thaane Paadum Veene" Soumya T R, Sudeep Kumar
4 "Chora Veena" Anil Panachooran

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arabikatha takes the cake". The Hindu. 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  2. ^ "‘Arabikatha’ turns out to be a success tale". The Hindu. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Hit Malayalam film showing in Doha today". Gulf Times. 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  4. ^ "Arabikatha a tale on Communism’s strife". newindpress.com (New Indian Express Group). 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  5. ^ "Movie throws light on split in ruling party". Gulf Times. 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 

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