Manjadikuru

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Manjadikuru
Manjadikuru film.jpg
Film official poster
Directed by Anjali Menon
Produced by Vinod Menon
Anjali Menon
Screenplay by Anjali Menon
Dialogues:
Paliyath Aparna Menon
Anjali Menon
Starring Sidharth
Vyjayanthi
Rejosh
Arathi Sasikumar
Rahman
Urvashi
Narrated by Prithviraj Sukumaran
Music by Ramesh Narayan
Francois Gamaury (BGM)
Kavalam Narayana Panikkar (lyrics)
Cinematography Pietro Zuercher
Edited by B. Lenin
Production
  company
Little Films
Distributed by August Cinema
Release date(s)
  • 18 May 2012 (2012-05-18)
(Kerala)
Running time 2 hours
Country India
Language Malayalam

Manjadikuru (Malayalam: മഞ്ചാടിക്കുരു, English: Lucky Red Seeds) is a Malayalam film (theatrical release: 2012) written and directed by Anjali Menon. A shorter video version of the film was premiered at the 2008 International Film Festival of Kerala, and won the FIPRESCI Award for best Malayalam film and Hassankutty award for Best Debutant Indian director.[1] In 2009, it swept the awards at South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) at New York, winning five Grand Jury Awards - Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematographer and Best Emerging Talent.[2][3][4][5]

August Cinema Logo

Plot[edit]

Manjadikuru is a story of homecoming from late 1970s, when 10 year old Vicky arrives at his grandparents home in rural Kerala to attend his grandfather's funeral. The disjointed family gathers together for the sixteen day long funeral period. During this period, Vicky discovers more about himself, his family and culture than he had expected to. The journey is narrated through the memories of an adult Vicky who returns to the same house to recount the experience. After some years the boy returns as a young man (Prithviraj), to visit old grounds, and finds the 'Lucky red seeds' scattered away.[6]

Cast[edit]

  • Special appearance :-
Prithviraj as elder Vicky
Padmapriya as elder Roja
  • The kids:-
Sidharth as Vicky
Vyjayanthi as Roja
Rejosh as Kannan
Arathi Sasikumar as Manikutty
  • The family:-
Thilakan as Muthashan/Appukuttan Nair
Kaviyoor Ponnamma as Muthashi/Devayani
Murali as Sanyasi Maaman/ Murali
Jagathi Sreekumar as Unni
Bindu Panicker as Ammu
Urvashi as Sujatha
Sagar Shiyaz as Hari
Rahman as Raghu
Sreedevika as Latha
Praveena as Sheela
Harishanth as Ravi
Sindhu Menon as Sudhamani
Thrissur Chandran as Vasudevan Nair
Firoz Mohan as Balu
Julia George as Sindhu
Shrevya Kannan as Baby Seetha
  • Other casts:-
Poojappura Ravi as Lawyer
Kannan Pattambi as Marimuthu
Venu Machad as Vishnu/Shop owner
Sreekumar as Police Inspector

Release[edit]

The film released in theatres in May 2012, after winning awards in film festivals. For the commercial release, songs and additional scenes are added to the film to make it more appealing to people.[7]

Soundtrack[edit]

Manjadikuru
Soundtrack album by Ramesh Narayan
Released 2012
Label Universal Music India
Producer Little Films

The songs were written by Kavalam Narayana Panikkar and composed by Pandit Ramesh Narayan.

Track Song Title Singer(s)
1 Ariya Vazhikalil Dr. K. J. Yesudas
2 Maargazhi Manjil K. S. Chithra, Chorus (Madhusree Narayan)
3 Manchaadipenne Vaadi Shweta Mohan, Chorus (Arjun, Abhilash)
4 Chaadi Chaadi Vijay Yesudas, Chorus (Arjun, Abhilash)
5 Manne Nampi Kavalam Narayana Panikkar, Anil, Sathish
6 Kadamkadha - Mannile Thullikkum Prithviraj
7 Keralam Daivathinte Swantham Prithviraj

Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards 2012
13th International Film Festival of Kerala 2008
  • Hassankutty Award for Best Debut Director - Anjali Menon [8]
  • FIPRESCI Prize for Best Malayalam Film in Malayalam Cinema Today section [9][10]
6th South Asian International Film Festival 2009
  • Grand Jury award for Best Film
  • Grand Jury award for Best Director - Anjali Menon.
  • Grand Jury award for Best Screenplay - Anjali Menon.
  • Grand Jury award for Best Cinematography - Pietro Zuercher.
  • Grand Jury award for Best Emerging Talent - Vyjayanthi.[11]
Other awards

Critical Reception[edit]

Theaterbalcony gave the movie 4 stars stating that "The film has innocence of children, anxiety of grownups , beauty of a village, loose of a city and a very unique friendships. At the end when we leave the theater with a little tears, we think about our childhood, happiness, disappointments and little lies and fights we missing now!! Thanking this young film maker for gifting us or taking us to our childhood life!!". Aswin J Kumar from The Times of India gave the movie 3.5 stars saying that "Manjadikkuru is a beautifully shot film that can be loved for its sheer earnestness and sense of belonging. ".

Chris Fujiwara from Federación Internacional de la Prensa Cinematográfica said that "It is a lesson in the ways of society but a metaphorical lesson for the audience, the kind of lesson that (as one imagines, or remembers, while watching Lucky Red Seeds) the cinema was invented to teach. Ben Umstead from Twitch Film said that "Manjadikuru is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful films about childhood I've seen. ". Lensmenreviews gave the movie 4 stars and said that : "Manjadikuru” is an emotional and nostalgic journey. Its a movie with a big heart and it will definitely touch your heart."

Veeyen from Nowrunning gave the movie 3 stars saying that "Anjaly Menon's 'Manjadikkuru' is an ode to the inherent innocence that once existed in us. Appealing equally to viewers of all ages, the flight of fancy that she offers to this incredible world that once was, is certainly not to be missed! " Metromatinee said "The film has been kept simple, highlights relationships and family values, and has to be seen with the whole family. Verdict: Small But Beautiful & Nostalgic ...!"

The Indian Express stated that "The highlight of the film is the heart-wrenching performance of the child artists, especially Sidharth and Vyjayanthi who played Vicky and Roja. While Urvashi is at her natural best, Murali as the Naxalite-turned-ascetic son and Jagathy as the insensitive husband with a quick-fire temper are simply brilliant.". Parvathy Anoop from Deccan Herald stated that "Anjali Menon leaves no stone unturned as she explores elements of hypocrisy, love, sympathy and sorrow inside a large Nair family."

Paresh C Palicha from Rediff.com gave the verdict of 3 stars saying that "Manjadikuru is enchanting. In this film, Anjali Menon succeeds in giving us a charming view of the adult world seen through the eyes of a child." Sify gave the movie a verdict of Good stating that "Manjadikuru comes as a whiff of fresh air. Enjoy this fabulous debut of a new talent called Anjali Menon straightaway!". Suraj Sundararajan from readexpressions.com gave the movie 4.7 stars and stated that "The movie is an ode to the innocence that once existed within all of us. If you love good cinema see this. If you are a malayalee, never miss this. Must watch!". Mukesh Venu from yentha states that "With class dignifying every aspect, Manjadikuru finds a place amongst the best Malayalam movies ever made. Manjadikuru is a must watch; one which is an irreplaceable loss if not watched in a theatre, on the big screen" Indiaglitz gave the movie a rating of 6.5 in 10 stating that "'Manjadikkuru' is a right addition to the list of well made films that came out this year. Just have a go into this scent of fresh air."

VCD/DVD Release[edit]

The VCDs and DVDs were released by Satyam Audios on 17 June 2013.

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