Ayyappanum Koshiyum

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Ayyappanum Koshiyum
Ayyappanum Koshiyum Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySachy
Written bySachy
Produced byRanjith
P. M. Sasidharan
Starring
CinematographySudeep Elamon
Edited byRanjan Abraham
Music byJakes Bejoy
Production
company
Gold Coin Motion Picture Company
Distributed byCentral Pictures
Release date
  • 7 February 2020 (2020-02-07) (India)
Running time
175 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam
Budget5 crores[1]
Box officeest. 52 crores[1]

Ayyappanum Koshiyum (transl. Ayyappan and Koshi) is a 2020 Indian Malayalam-language action thriller film written and directed by Sachy. It was produced by Ranjith and P. M. Sasidharan under the company Gold Coin Motion Picture Company. The film stars Prithviraj Sukumaran and Biju Menon. The story revolves around the conflict between Koshy Kurien, an influential and wealthy ex-Havildar and Ayyappan Nair, a Sub-inspector in Attappadi. The music was provided by Jakes Bejoy.

Principal photography took place from October to December 2019. Ayyappanum Koshiyum was released on 7 February 2020. The film met with positive response from critics and was a commercial success at the box office. An untitled remake in Telugu language began its production in January 2021.[2]

Plot[edit]

Koshy Kurien, as ex-Havildar in Indian army is on the way to Ooty with his driver Kumaran. Koshy is drunk and nearly passed out in the car's backseat with a case full of alcohol. They have opted to take the Attappadi route, which they did not know was an alcohol prohibited region. There, the car is stopped on a routine traffic stop which is a combined police, forest and excise department checking. There on finding the alcohol in the car the excise officials manhandle Koshy. Koshy, irritated by this assaults the excise officer Faisal. On seeing this Ayyapan Nair steps in and restrains Koshy.

Taking Koshy to the police station, the officers are startled to see the name of well known political and media personalities on the contact list of Koshy's mobile phone. Koshy reveals himself to be the son of Kurian John and a rich and influential ex-havildar from the Indian army living in Kattappana. Fussing over this and over consultation with his superiors, Ayyapan Nair decides to go easy on him and reasons with him. Koshy asks Ayyappan to let him return home for 5 days to spend Christmas, and promises to return for any jail sentence. But, Ayyappan refuses, stating that he has been booked under non-bailable sections and may not go home. Later Koshy fakes a meltdown and asks for some alcohol as he is an addict. Against his better instincts, Nair pours him some from the confiscated stock with help of a lady constable. Koshy secretly records this on his phone.

Koshy is remanded to 12 days in Palakkad sub-jail, where he is visited by his family. After 12 days, Koshy gets bail on condition that he has to sign once every Monday and Thursday at Attapadi station. Upon his release, he uses the video footage to get SI Ayyappan Nair and a lady constable Jessy suspended for breaking prohibition. Ayyappan is arrested, and his police medals are revoked. The next day he is brought out on bail by the Circle Inspector Sathish. The Circle inspector makes a compromise with Koshy's friend MLA George, that Koshy can sign for all future bail condition at same time, and end this melee, in return for not providing original video evidence at the enquiry against Ayyappan. After signing at the station, Koshy goes back on his word, and his lawyer submits the video proof at enquiry.

Ayyappan is insulted by the enquiry commission at DSP office, and is sure that his job is lost. Koshy meets him outside the DSP office and boards the bus to Attapadi, seemingly to apologise to him. But, due to ego, they both challenge one another and Ayyappan states that, for him the space in the bus is not enough for a clash. Koshy goes away in his car. Furious at this blatant act of pride, Ayyappan savagely beats a small time crook Kuttamani (who was aiding Koshy), in front of Koshy and demolishes Mani's illegal building. Koshy, visibly horrified at Ayyappan raining down fury on Mani, learns about Ayyappan’s story from the C.I. He finds out that at 25 years old, Ayyappan had killed 13 men who had been commissioned by the landlords to get rid of union workers during Kummatti at Mundoor. And he finds out that Ayyappan had a nickname during those days, Mundoor Maadan (vampire of Mundoor). Frustrated, Koshy goes to drink in Tamil Nadu. While returning to Attapadi, Koshy's driver is arrested and his car is impounded. Left without mobile, purse and other options, Koshy starts to walk to Attapadi. Ayyappan picks him up on his bike and both taunt each other with death threats. Alighting from Ayyapan's bike, Koshy walks miles to Attapadi, where he is refused lodging as per Ayyappan's instructions. Koshy's phone is illegally given to Ayyappan by a young Constable. Ayyappan calls Koshy's dad and tells that his son will be in grave danger soon.

Hearing about this and concerned for his son's safety, Kurian John sends Koshy's cousins to aid him, and covertly sends professional assailants as a precaution for his son's safety. The next day, Koshy and Ayyapan fight inside the police station, and the circle inspector breaks up the fight/ The CI assigns two policemen to guard Koshy at all times. But, those policemen inform Ayyapan about Koshy's goons, and Ayyappan thrashes them blue and black.

Koshy's dad uses his influence to get an arrest warrant for Ayyappan's wife (and thus their toddler son) as she was affiliated with a Maoist organisation years ago. Koshy visits his home in kattapana and asks his dad to stop interfering in their tussle. Koshy's wife reprimands both of them and asks Koshi to amicably end the issue at once. Koshy realises that the peace of mind of his family is important than his ego and decides to end this issue peacefully. With help of his pastor cousin and lawyers, he frames a plan to save Ayyappan's job. While Koshy is away to help Ayyappan, the arrest warrant arrives and Ayyapan refuses to surrender his wife. This forces them to flee from Attapadi. Ayyappan drops her and his son to safety, but Police reach there and arrest her before Ayyapan's eyes. Since Koshy is not in Attapadi, Ayyappan goes to Koshy's house in Kattappana to find him. After a brief showdown with Kurian, Ayyappan heads back to Attapadi to confront Koshy. Koshy demolishes Ayyappan’s house as revenge for the showdown at Kattappana, and Ayyappan burns down Koshy’s car with gun powder. Both of them refuses to lodge complaint on one another, and monitoring the tense situation, police protection is assigned to Koshy. Kurian follows Ayyappan to Attapadi and tells Koshy that he will kill Ayyappan within 24 hours. Koshy informs police that his dad is in Attapadi and that he is the one who sent goons to kill Ayyappan earlier. Kurien is arrested and imprisoned. When Ayyapan finally challenges Koshy, Koshy suggests an alternative, to have the showdown in the nearby Anaikatty town in the state of Tamil Nadu, beyond the jurisdiction of Kerala Police.

Both face-off in a duel but Ayyappan locks Koshy in a bear grip and the two are separated by the police who arrive just in time, Ayyappan agrees to this and after an epic showdown of exchanging blows, bear grips and tossing each other over a puddle of water, till Ayyappan gains the upper hand. The DSP, CI and the rest of the police who were clandestinely watching the fight intervene just when it seems that Ayyappan is going to kill Koshy and pull them apart. The Circle Inspector tells Ayyappan that Koshy framed himself as an alcohol addict, and Ayyappan had then poured alcohol for medical emergency to keep Koshy's blood alcohol level as required for proper functioning. This has resulted in all charges against Ayyappan (for breaking prohibition) being dropped and him being reinstated into the police force. Also, the IG of police cancelled Kannama's arrest and she will be released the next day. Ayyapan is brought to Police station and is imprisoned for a day, till he rejoining order arrives. A year later, Ayyappan is transferred upon his request to Kattappana, after which he visits Koshy and shakes hands with him.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Ayyappanum Koshiyum is the second directorial of writer-turned-director Sachy after Anarkali (2015) which also had Prithviraj Sukumaran and Biju Menon in the main roles. Written by Sachy himself, the film was produced by film director and Sachy's long-term friend Ranjith along with P. M. Sasidharan under the production company Gold Coin Motion Picture Company.[3] The film's idea was first formed as a story about the relationship between Koshi and his driver, Sachy had two real-life friends resembling them, a jewelry owner and his driver. Later, a police sub-inspector was introduced into the plot, which took the story into its present form. Prithviraj played the lead role and Menon had a supporting role in their last collaboration, Anarkali. The film was titled Ayyappanum Koshiyum as Sachy wanted to state that both Prithviraj and Menon has equal importance in the story.[4] Sachy did not have anyone in mind for the two lead roles while screenwriting. Their casting was done after finishing the screenplay.[5]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in early October 2019 in Attappadi, Palakkad district.[6] It was completed in early December 2019.[7] Menon suffered burn injuries on hands and legs while filming in November.[8]

Soundtrack[edit]

Ayyappanum Koshiyum
Soundtrack album by
Released10 February 2020
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length16:00
LanguageMalayalam
LabelManorama Music
ProducerJakes Bejoy
Jakes Bejoy chronology
Anveshanam
(2020)
Ayyappanum Koshiyum
(2020)
Mafia Chapter 1
(2020)
External audio
audio icon Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The songs featured in the film and background score were composed by Jakes Bejoy, while the lyrics have been penned by B. K. Harinarayanan, Rafeeq Ahmed, and Nanchamma. The soundtrack album was released on 10 February 2020 by Manorama Music.[9][10]

Ayyappanum Koshiyum
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Ariyathariyathe"Rafeeq AhmedKottakkal Madhu4:50
2."Thaalam Poyi"Rafeeq AhmedJakes Bejoy, Sangeethaa-Sangeetha Sajith, Nanjamma5:22
3."Kalakkatha"NanjammaNanjamma2:04
4."Adakachakko (Promo Song)"B. K. HarinarayananPrithviraj Sukumaran, Biju Menon,Nanjamma3:44
Total length:16:00

Release[edit]

Ayyappanum Koshiyum was released on 7 February 2020. The film is available on Amazon Prime Video.

Critical reception[edit]

The New Indian Express wrote: "This is essentially a masterclass by Sachy on how to make a three-hour film by relying mostly on dialogues which carry enough power to not just reverberate through the walls of the movie hall but also each cell and nerve in your body. With a script like this, one doesn't need bullets or pyrotechnics to excite the audience. Sachy does that with his characters, a rare skill that not many filmmakers possess today in Malayalam cinema", and praised the performances.[11] The Hindu wrote: "It is a dialogue-driven narrative, as much verbal as visual, but without over-punctuation or the burden of forced hilarity. The film also comes with a highly textured screenplay, creating an immaculate balance between lightness and intensity", and the cast gives a stand-out performance, also it is "nearly three hours of riveting reel time devoid of any customary gimmicks".[12] Baradwaj Rangan of Film Companion South wrote "...psychological flourishes make Ayyappanum Koshiyum a very different kind of masala movie about similar-yet-different, different-yet-similar men...as the film progresses, it becomes a very textured thing, with a bubbling undercurrent that keeps questioning a very specific kind of masculinity".[13]

The Times of India said that it is "a commercial film that reflects contemporary socio-political situations aptly" and Sachy "smartly scripts a story" that explains the struggles between an honest police officer and a rich spoiled brat, "the director manages to hold the audience in that compelling mood from start to finish" and "apart from a carefully written script with interesting characterisation, the casting is a bonus".[14] According to The News Minute, "Prithviraj and Biju Menon spar in an engaging film ... the movie keeps you engaged for nearly all the three hours with no dramatic twists or turns or characters turning a new leaf overnight".[15]

Box office[edit]

In the overseas opening weekend, it grossed US$36,253 (₹25.88 lakh) from 27 screens in the United States, US$3,562 (₹2.55 lakh) from 7 screens in Canada,[16] and A$24,227 (₹11.65 lakh) from 7 screens in Australia.[17] It grossed US$87,791 (₹65.03 lakh) in United States in five weeks, A$47,689 (₹23.04 lakh) in Australia in four weeks, NZ$28,012 (₹12.71 lakh) in New Zealand in three weeks,[18] US$22,400 (₹16.17 lakh) in Canada in three weeks,[19] and £48,267 (₹44.74 lakh) in two weeks.[20] In its lifetime, Ayyappanum Koshiyum grossed ₹520 million at the global box office.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pathania, Anushka (26 May 2020). "John Abraham Gets Hindi Remake Rights Of Prithviraj-starrer Ayyappanum Koshiyum". Republic World. Retrieved 26 August 2020. ... the film was made in a budget of Rs 5 Crores and earned Rs 52 crores at the Box Office.
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  4. ^ സെന്‍, ബൈജു പി. (4 February 2020). "ആ ചിന്തയില്‍ നിന്നാണ് സിനിമയ്ക്ക് അയ്യപ്പനും കോശിയും എന്ന പേര് നല്‍കിയത്: സച്ചി അഭിമുഖം". Mathrubhumi (in Malayalam). Retrieved 9 February 2020.
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  8. ^ "Actor Biju Menon suffers burns while shooting". Mathrubhumi. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Ayyappanum Koshiyum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Jakes Bejoy".
  10. ^ "Ayyappanum Koshiyum - All Songs - Download or Listen Free - JioSaavn" – via www.jiosaavn.com.
  11. ^ Express News Service (8 February 2020). "'Ayyappanum Koshiyum' review: A strong script backed by screen-burning performances". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  12. ^ Sudhish, Navamy (9 February 2020). "'Ayyappanum Koshiyum' film review: Prithviraj and Biju Menon shine in this near-perfect entertainer". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  13. ^ Rangan, Bharadwaj (10 June 2020). "Ayyappanum Koshiyum, with Prithviraj And Biju Menon, Is On Amazon Prime: This Entertaining Action-Drama Is More Than Just An Empty Action-Drama". FilmCompanion. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  14. ^ George, Anjana (9 February 2020). "Ayyappanum Koshiyum Movie Review: A commercial film that reflects contemporary socio-political situations aptly". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  15. ^ Cris (7 February 2020). "'Ayyappanum Koshiyum' review: Prithviraj and Biju Menon spar in an engaging film". The News Minute. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
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  17. ^ "Love Aaj Kal collects 1.1 mil. USD [Rs. 7.85 cr.] in overseas". Bollywood Hungama. 18 February 2020. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  18. ^ "Baaghi 3 collects approx. 2.32 mil USD [Rs. 17.23 cr.] in overseas". Bollywood Hungama. 9 March 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  19. ^ "Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan collects approx. 900k USD [Rs. 6.48 cr.] in overseas". Bollywood Hungama. 24 February 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  20. ^ "Thappad collects approx. 600k USD [Rs. 4.37 cr.] in overseas". Bollywood Hungama. 2 March 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2021.

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