Traffic (2011 film)

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Traffic
Traffic (Malayalam film).jpg
Official poster
Directed by Rajesh Pillai
Produced by Listin Stephen
Written by Bobby Sanjay
Starring Kunchako Boban
Sreenivasan
Rahman
Asif Ali
Anoop Menon
Vineeth Sreenivasan
Sandhya
Roma
Remya Nambeesan
Lena
Narrated by Sreenivasan
Music by Mejo Joseph
Samson Kottoor
Cinematography Shyju Khalid
Edited by Mahesh Narayanan
Distributed by Magic Frames
Release date(s)
  • 7 January 2011 (2011-01-07)
Running time 122 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam
Budget INR30 million (US$500,000)[1]
Box office INR155 million (US$2.6 million)[2][3]

Traffic is a 2011 Malayalam thriller film written by brothers Bobby and Sanjay and directed by Rajesh Pillai. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Kunchako Boban, Sreenivasan, Rahman, Asif Ali, Anoop Menon, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Sandhya, Roma and Remya Nambeesan.[4] The film has its narrative in a hyperlink format. The film opened on 7 January 2011, to a positive reception. A multi-narrative thriller that intertwines multiple stories around one particular incident, Traffic is inspired from an actual event that happened in Chennai.[5][6] Owing to its critical and commercial success, Traffic was remade into Tamil as Chennaiyil Oru Naal, in Kannada as Crazy Star and to be remade in Hindi cinema. This was also the last film of the veteran actor Jose Prakash.[7]

Plot[edit]

On 16 September, superstar Sidharth Shankar (Rahman) gets ready for the release of his new film. On the same day, Traffic Constable Sudevan (Sreenivasan) joins back on duty, after having been suspended from service for taking bribes. The day is special for Dr. Abel (Kunchako Boban) who is celebrating his first wedding anniversary. Raihan (Vineeth Sreenivasan), an aspiring television journalist, starts his first job with an interview with Sidharth Shankar the very same day.

On the same day, at a crowded traffic junction in Kochi, Raihan and Rajeev (Asif Ali), travelling in a bike are fatally hit by a speeding car at the signal. Raihan was all set to interview the superstar, Siddharth Shankar. Also at the junction, in another car, was the surgeon Dr. Abel.

Raihan goes into coma and is declared brain dead although he is kept alive using ventilator. Meanwhile, Siddharth’s ailing daughter's condition becomes worse and she urgently needs a heart transplant. At first Raihan's parents do not agree to take their son off the ventilator and donate their son's heart but Rajeev and Raihan's girlfriend persuade them into it. Now that the heart is available, the problem was with transporting it from Kochi to Palakkad. No chartered flights or helicopters were available and so the heart had to be taken by road. Someone had to drive the 150 kilometres in under two hours during the rush traffic.

City Police Commissioner Ajmal Nazar (Anoop Menon) is asked to carry out the mission. He initially refuses considering the complexity and risk involved in the mission. But finally he heeds to the persuasion of Dr.Simon D'souza (Jose Prakash). Sudevan, being an experienced driver who has driven as an escort for ministers, volunteers to be the driver of the Jeep because he wanted to regain the name he lost due to the bribe incident. Accompanying them on this mission is Dr Abel and Rajeev.

Everything goes smoothly for sometime. But at a point the police team loses contact with the vehicle and it mysteriously disappears. All goes well and they reach the hospital in time to save the girl's life.

Cast[edit]

  • Kunchacko Boban as Dr. Abel Thariyan, a cardiac surgeon
  • Sreenivasan as Sudevan Nair, a traffic police constable
  • Asif Ali as Rajiv, Raihan's friend
  • Anoop Menon as Ajmal Nazar, the City Police Commissioner of Kochi
  • Rahman as Sidharth Shankar, a movie star
  • Vineeth Sreenivasan as Raihan, A journalist trainee working in Indiavision
  • Sandhya as Aditi, Raihan's fiancee
  • Roma as Miriam, Abel's sister working in Club FM
  • Remya Nambeesan as Shwetha, Abel's wife.
  • Saikumar as Raihan's father
  • Fathima Babu as Raihan's Mother
  • Lena as Shruthi, Sidharth Shankar's wife
  • Vijayakumar as Mathew, Private Secretary to Sidharth Shankar.
  • Namitha Pramod as Riya, Sidharth Shankar's daughter.
  • Krishna as Jicku, a common friend of Abel and Shwetha.
  • Sudip Joshy as Miriam's husband
  • Reena Basheer as Sudevan's wife
  • Anjana Menon as Vyga
  • Renjith Reghu as Deepu
  • Prem Prakash as a doctor
  • Dr. Roni as a journalist
  • Gauri Krishna
  • Mahima as Aditi's friend
  • Jose Prakash as Dr.Simon D'souza (Special appearance)
  • Nivin Pauly (Special Appearance)
  • Jayakrishnan

Production[edit]

The film is directed by Rajesh Pillai.[8] Writers of the film Bobby and Sanjay, who scripted Ente Veedu Appoontem and Notebook explain: "The director wanted the film to be of a different mould altogether. Here every character is of equal importance as the story moves ahead. It was quite a challenging task but an enjoyable experience as well."[9] They add that the film is inspired by a true incident. A similar mission was successfully carried out by the Tamil Nadu police in a more complex Chennai city.[9][not in citation given] Also, in a scene, the character played by Anoop Menon talks about the incident.

Traffic is one of the first multi narratives made in this decade in Malayalam film. The film has Sreenivasan, Rahman, Kunchakko Bobban and Asif Ali as the four lead protagonists whose stories are narrated through the sequences.[10] Vineeth Sreenivasan, who recently made his debut as a writer and director with Malarvadi Arts Club, says that it was the exciting script that attracted him to the project. "It is a particularly exciting day for my character as he is all set to join a news channel but as it turns out fate had other plans in store for him," adds the actor.[9] On the theme, Rajesh says,"I felt it was a theme that could connect with viewers regardless of their age. It's a contemporary theme that reassures us that if we approach something with honesty, even nature will come to our support."[11] The film will be the second on screen pairing of Vineeth and Sreenivasan, after their first film Makante Achan.[8] Sandhya plays Aditi, who is in love with Raihan. "Aditi is perhaps more worldly-wise than usual for someone her age. But she has her own reasons for being so", says the Malayali actor who created quite a stir with her performance in the Tamil film. Kaadhal.[9]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The film opened on 7 January 2011 to positive reviews. Veeyen of Nowrunning.com gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, writing, "Rajesh Pillai's Traffic is a brutally brilliant film in which he lends color to coincidence and unveils before us a cogitation on the dynamics of chance. A strikingly crafted film that is raw and genuine, it crawls right under your skin and stays there."[12] IndiaGlitz enthusiastically praised the film's "riveting plot, great performances, soulful music... and skilful direction".[13] A review at Cinefundas also praised the acting, adding that "the real hero of the film is the script".[14] Sify.com called it "an overwhelming experience" and rated it as "very good."[15] The Malayalam website Movieraga called it an "excellent movie" and went on to state that the new blood of Malayalam cinema cannot be seen as second-grade any more.[16]

Traffic was screened in the Malayalam Cinema Today section at the 16th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in 2011.[17]

Box office[edit]

The film had only an average opening in Kerala box office.[18] However, it managed to maintain the number one position[19] and grossed INR15 million in the opening weekend.[18] The film netted INR6.4 crores in five weeks, thus recovering the budget of INR3 crores and getting a distributor's share of more than INR20 million.[1] It completed 50 days in most of the releasing centres and had a net gross of around INR 83.5 million within this time.[20] The total collection of the film from the Kerala box office is INR 155 million.[2] The movie also completed a 100-day run mark at many centres.

Soundtrack[edit]

Traffic
Soundtrack album by Mejo Joseph
Released 25 December 2010 (2010-12-25)
Recorded 2010
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 25:32
Language Malayalam
Label Satyam Audios
Producer Listin Stephen
Mejo Joseph chronology
Kanmazha Peyyum Munpe
(2010)
Traffic
(2011)
Chapters
(2012)

The songs featured in the soundtrack album are composed by Mejo Joseph and Samson Kottoor, with lyrics penned by Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma and S. Ramesan Nair.

Track listing
# Song Artist(s) Composer Lyricist
1 "Kannerinjal" Vipin Warrier, Hisham Mejo Joseph S. Ramesan Nair
2 "Pakalin" Sithara Mejo Joseph Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma
3 "Unaroo Mizhiyazhake" Chinmayi Samson Kottoor S. Ramesan Nair
4 "Unaroo Mizhiyazhake" Samson Kottoor Samson Kottoor S. Ramesan Nair
5 "Unaroo Mizhiyazhake (Instrumental)" Kalyan Samson Kottoor S. Ramesan Nair
6 "Theme Music" Instrumental Samson Kottoor

Remakes[edit]

Owing to its critical and commercial success, Traffic is to be remade into Tamil and Hindi cinema[21][22] Though there were speculations initially that that Kamal Haasan will play a pivotal role, in the Tamil version, Sarath Kumar was announced later to play the role.[23][24] His wife Radhika along with Listin is producing the film in Tamil. The Tamil remake is named as Chennaiyil Oru Naal The rights for the Hindi version has been bought by Endemol.[25]

Awards[edit]

Award Category Result Recipient Ref.
Best Screenplay Won Bobby-Sanjay [26]
Best Director Won Rajesh Pillai
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won Lena Abhilash
Best Film Won Listin Stephen [27]
Best Supporting Actress Won Lena Abhilash
Best Script Won Bobby-Sanjay [28]
Second Best Actor – Male Won Anoop Menon
Second Best Actor – Female Won Lena Abhilash
Lohithadas Award
Best Script Won Bobby-Sanjay [29]
Best Film Nominated Listin Stephen [30]
Best Director Nominated Rajesh Pillai
Best Screenplay Won Bobby-Sanjay
Best Supporting Actor Nominated Anoop Menon
Best Supporting Actress Nominated Remya Nambeesan
Best Character Actor Nominated Sreenivasan
Asiavision Movie Awards
Best Popular Movie Won Listin Stephen [31]
Second Best Actor Won Anoop Menon
Best Screenplay Won Bobby-Sanjay
Special Performance Award Won Rahman
Trendsetter Award Won Listin Stephen
Nana Film Awards
Best Film Won Listin Stephen [32]
Best Director Won Rajesh Pillai
Best Editor Won Mahesh Narayanan
Mathrubhumi Kalyan Silks Film Awards
Best Screenplay Won Bobby-Sanjay [33]
Best Path Breaking Film of the Year Nominated Listin Stephen
Surya Film Awards
Most Popular Director Nominated Rajesh Pillai
Best Editor Won Mahesh Narayanan
Kochi Times Awards
Best Script Won Bobby – Sanjay [34]
Amrita Film Awards 2012
Best Supporting Actor (Female) Won Lena Abhilash [35]
Best Script Won Bobby-Sanjay
Trendsetting Film Director Won Rajesh Pillai
Jaihind Film Awards 2012
Best Director Won Rajesh Pillai [36]
Film Guidance Chalachitra Awards 2011
Best Supporting Actress Won Remya Nambeesan [37]
Reporter TV Film Awards 2012
Best Film Won Listin Stephen [38]
Best Director Won Rajesh Pillai
Best Script Won Bobby-Sanjay
Best Editor Won Mahesh Narayanan
Best Supporting Actress Won Lena Abhilash

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Box office report"
  3. ^ "Top 5 – Week Ending March 10, 2011". SansCinema. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Coming up: A complex Traffic – Rediff.com Movies
  5. ^ "Hithendran Incident". 
  6. ^ "Traffic Movie Review". 
  7. ^ "Veteran Malayalam actor Jose Prakash passes away". The Times of India. 24 March 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Vineeth and Sreenivasan in 'Traffic'". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d Vijay George (30 September 2010). "It happened one day...". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "'Traffic' to start this July". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Vijay George (13 January 2011). "Traffic gets green signal". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 
  12. ^ "Rajesh Pillai's Traffic is a brutally brilliant film!". Nowrunning. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Traffic – This is a 'Traffic' of change". IndiaGlitz. 8 January 2011.
  14. ^ "Traffic – Malayalam Movie Review". CineFundas.com. 7 January 2011.
  15. ^ Movie Review:Traffic review
  16. ^ Review: Traffic | MOVIERAGA
  17. ^ "A slice of Kerala". The New Indian Express. 
  18. ^ a b "Traffic Grosses 90 Lakhs in its Opening Weekend". SansCinema. 10 January 2011. 
  19. ^ "Kerala Box Office Report – January 1–13, 2011". Keralaboxoffice. 13 January 2011. 
  20. ^ "Traffic completing 50 days today". SansCinema. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  21. ^ "Malayalam 'Traffic' to Be Remade in Tamil?". Top 10 Cinema. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  22. ^ "ട്രാഫിക് ഹിന്ദിയിലും". (in Malayalam) Kerala Kaumudi. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
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  24. ^ "Kamal confirms acting in Traffic remake". Deccan Chronicle. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  25. ^ "Endemol acquires Hindi remake rights to Malayalam film Traffic". Business of Cinema. 16 May 2011 Retrieved 17 May 2011.
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  27. ^ "Filmfare Awards South 2012". Kollyinsider.com. 
  28. ^ "Kerala Film Critics Awards 2012". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 18 May 2012. 
  29. ^ "ലോഹിതദാസ് പുരസ്‌കാരം ബോബിക്കും സഞ്ജയിനും". Mathrubhumi. 
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  31. ^ "Asiavision Movie Awards". Asiavisionawards.com. 
  32. ^ "Nana Film Awards 2011". Nana.com. 
  33. ^ "Mathrubhumi Film Awards 2011". Sanscinema.com. 
  34. ^ "Kochi Times Film Awards 2011". The Times of India. 
  35. ^ "Amrita Film Awards 2012". Amritatv.com. 
  36. ^ "Jaihind Film Awards 2012". Spiderkerala.net. 
  37. ^ "Film Guidance Chalachitra Award 2011". Oneindia.in. 
  38. ^ "Reporter TV Film Awards 2012". Metromatinee.com. 

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