Prithviraj as Naxal Joseph
|Written by||Babu Janardhanan|
Dhanya Mary Varghese
|Music by||Alex Paul|
|Editing by||Don Max|
|Distributed by||Lal Release|
Thalappavu (English: The Headgear ) is a 2008 Malayalam film based on the story of Naxal Varghese and Police Constable P. Ramachandran Pillai, directed by Madhupal and written by Babu Janardhanan. The film portrays the social and political issues of the Naxalite era of the 1970s in Kerala. The film's cast includes Prithviraj, Lal, Atul Kulkarni, Rohini, and Dhanya Mary Varghese. Produced by actor Mohan under the Civic Cinema banner. And distributed by Lal's Lal Release.
The film released on September 12, 2008 to mainly good reviews and critical acclaim. The movie Thalappavu got Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor (Lal) and Best Debutant Director (Madhupal), Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script writer, Amateur Little Theatre Award for Best Debutant Director, Sohan Antony Memorial Film Award for Best Director.
The movie Thalappavu screend in 13th International Film Festival of Kerala 2008 and Indian Habitat Film Festival 2009.
How betraying a friend or an acquaintance can ruin ones life is poignantly depicted in the Malayalam film Thalappavu made by actor-turned-director Madhupal. The movie is based on a real-life confession of a police constable about gunning down a naxalite in a fake encounter as per the order of his superiors nearly thirty years ago. The screenplay by Babu Janardhanan uses the stream of consciousness flow to show the mental state of the constable who feels deranged after the incident. Lal plays Constable Raveendran Pillai whose family life is ruined after the killing of Joseph (Prithviraj), a revolutionary leader fighting for the rights of the hapless farmers of Wayanad. Raveendran is a misfit in the police force as he is not courageous or cruel as the others of his ilk. He is a family man to the hilt and dotes on his children. He befriends Joseph on the way while on duty. Joseph introduces him to the revolutionary ideas. Raveendran takes instant liking for Joseph and roams in the forests with Joseph during his free time.
- Lal as S. Raveendran Pillai
- Prithviraj Sukumaran as Joseph
- Dhanya Mary Varghese as Saramma
- Atul Kulkarni as Krishnaneva Saivar
- Rohini as Karthyayani
- Sudheer Karamana as Nalinakshan