Friday (2012 film)

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Film poster
Directed by Lijin Jose
Produced by Sandra Thomas
Thomas Joseph Pattathanam
Written by Najeem Koya
Starring Manu
Fahadh Faasil,
Nedumudi Venu
Nimisha Suresh
Tini Tom
Ann Augustine
Seema G. Nair
Prakash Bare
Asha Sarath
Music by Roby Abraham
Rex Vijayan
(background score)
Cinematography Jomon Thomas
Edited by Manoj
Innovative Film Concepts
Distributed by Achu & Achu's Creations
Release date
  • 18 August 2012 (2012-08-18)
Running time
103 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam
Budget 2 crore (US$280,000)[1]
Box office 1 crore (US$140,000)[2]

Friday is a 2012 Malayalam drama thriller film directed by Lijin Jose and starring Manu, Fahadh Faasil,and Ann Augustineand based on the Tamil film "Engeyum Eppothum" by M.saravanan.[1] 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.[3] 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.[4] Production Controller of Friday is Shibu G Suseelan.


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 Alappuzha 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.


Production and release[edit]

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.[5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

Friday released on 18 August 2012, and received mixed reviews. Rating the film 2.5 out of 5, Veeyen of Nowrunning stated "'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."[7] gave 4 out of 5 rating and said that Friday "is a well-woven neatly scripted movie with minimal loopholes." [8] The Times of India praised its direction and script.[9] also wrote a positive review and gave a verdict "Don't Miss This".[10] Paresh C. Palicha of wrote that the film is "passable as there seems to be an overdose of stories of similar kind."[11]


"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. ."[12]


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