Friday (2012 film)
|Directed by||Lijin Jose|
|Produced by||Thomas Joseph Pattathanam|
|Written by||Najeem Koya|
Seema G. Nair
|Music by||Roby Abraham
|Studio||Innovative Film Concepts|
|Running time||103 minutes|
|Box office||3 crore|
Friday is a 2012 Malayalam drama thriller film directed by Lijin Jose and starring Manu, Fahadh Faasil,and Ann Augustine a. Fahadh does the role of an auto rickshaw driver. The supporting cast includes Nedumudi Venu, Vijayaraghavan and Tini Tom. Produced by Sandra Thomas and Thomas Joseph Pattathanam under the banner of Innovative Film Concepts, the film is set and shot completely in Alappuzha. It released on 18 August 2012 to positive critical reviews. Carrying a tag of One Day-Many Stories; the film has a multi narrative aspect and is woven in the format of a hyperlink cinema.
The film tells the life stories of many people who arrive into a town on Friday 11 November 2011 (11-11-11) to mess up their life into confusing proportions.
Balu (Fahadh Faasil), an auto-rickshaw driver by profession, lives by taking it on daily rent. He is least happy with the way the day has started off. He has just learned that a jack fruit has fallen over the roof of his house. We see the poor condition he lives in as he does not have the money to repair the roof of his house.
Out in the city, Aswathy (Nimisha Suresh) is busy shopping for her wedding. Accompanied by her grandfather (Nedumudi Venu), sister and mom, she is seen quite busy attending the phone calls of her beau Jayakrishnan (Tini Tom) who is incidentally in the city as well.
Muneer (Manu) is the son of the auto-rickshaw owner that Balu runs. He is a typical young college student who refuses to do anything that his mother wishes him to do. Muneer and his girlfriend Jincy (Ann Augustine) decide to head over to the beach, as a holiday has been declared for the college.
A fully pregnant beggar woman roams the city with hopes of finding a place where she could deliver her baby. Another mother (Seema G. Nair), whose daughter in law has just delivered a baby, has to head back home with the newborn, as the hospital decides to discharge her all on a sudden, due to want of beds.
Arun (Prakash Bare) and Parvathy (Asha Sarath), a childless couple, also lands in Alapuzha on the same day, to adopt a child. They are quite in a hurry, and have to leave back to Bangalore by evening, and when the orphanage officials demand a certificate to complete the adoption procedures, they find themselves in a fix.
A single incident that happens on that day unites them together and this forms the crux of the story.
- Manu as Muneer
- Fahadh Faasil as Balu
- Nedumudi Venu as Purushothaman
- Nimisha Suresh as Aswathy
- Tini Tom as Jayakrishnan
- Asha Sarath as Parvathy
- Ann Augustine as Jincy
- Vijayaraghavan as police officer
- Seema G. Nair
- Prakash Bare as Arun
Production and release 
The film has been scripted by Najeem Koya, who has scripted Apoorvaragam previously. The film was mostly shot in Alappuzha where the film is set. Shoot was almost over in May 2012 and the film was expected to be on theaters by June. Since the film has several story threads and thus a lot of actors, the editing and post production work took time, and the release was pushed to 18 August.
Critical reception 
Friday released on August 18, 2012, and received positive reviews. Rating the film , Veeyen of Nowrunning gave it a splendid review and commented that "'Friday', more than everything else, presents an enterprising director, who has an eye for fine cinema. With a little more compactness and finesse, it could have turned out even better; as such, it remains a fine watch." Oneindia.in gave rating and said that Friday "is a well-woven neatly scripted movie with minimal loopholes."  The Times of India rated the film and praised its direction and script. Metromatinee.com also wrote a positive review and gave a verdict "Don't Miss This". Theater Balcony holds 85% rating and praised the entire crew. Paresh C. Palicha of Rediff.com rated the film and commented that the film is "passable as there seems to be an overdose of stories of similar kind."
Movieraga was less impressed with the work and took a neutral stand by saying "the makers made a movie and we just watched it, nothing more".
Composed by Roby Abraham, the music album comprises four tracks penned by Beeyar Prasad with the background music of Rex Vijayan. The music has been released worldwide by Universal Music India on CDs, mobile and digital platforms. The track list includes songs like "Oolathil Chanchadi" (Ponchural) by Vijay Yesudas and Ajay Thilak, "Aaraaro Aaromale" by Reshmi Sateesh, "Nilavay Pookkum" by Anoop Sanker and "Sugandha Neerala" by Najeem Arshad and Gayatri Asokan. This is the first time ever that a Malayalam film has an exclusive Mobile Application running around it. Universal Music India General Manager (Digital) P. K. Prasannan says: "This is the first time ever that a Malayalam movie has an exclusive Mobile Application running around it. It's a 360 degree android application which includes info on the movie, the music, the images, etc. The mechanism of this mobile application is such that one can not only listen to the songs but also sing along with the karaoke tracks. Another unique feature is the availability of the lyrics while the tracks are playing."
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