Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi
|Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi|
|Directed by||Sameer Thahir|
|Produced by||Sameer Thahir|
|Written by||Hashir Mohamed|
Surja Bala Hijam
|Music by||Rex Vijayan|
Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi (English: Blue Sky, Green Sea, Red Earth) is a 2013 Indian Malayalam thriller road film directed and co-produced by Sameer Thahir and written by Hashir Muhammad. The film stars Dulquer Salmaan, Dhritiman Chatterjee, and Sunny Wayne. It is inspired from the 2004 movie The Motorcycle diaries, based on the early life and travels of Che Guvera. The film began shooting in the north-eastern state of Nagaland in February 2013 and completed its shoot in June 2013. The film was shot at real locations in seven Indian states, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal, Nagaland and Sikkim.
In Kerala, Kasi (Dulquer Salmaan) embarks upon a road trip. His best friend, Suni (Sunny Wayne), joins him and refuses to return even though Kasi informs him that he himself is not sure of the destination. They travel to Orissa via Bangalore and Vizag where they are attacked by bandits. However, a group of riders rescue them and Kasi and Suni join them on their journey to Puri to attend a surfing festival.
While in Puri, Kasi meets Ishita (Paloma Monappa), a surfer. She develops an attraction towards Kasi and shares her feelings. Kasi tells her that he was in love with Assi (Surja Bala Hijam), a girl from Nagaland. Nagaland is a place of political unrest and her parents were killed during the fights. Kasi takes her home to get his parents' approval to get married. However, his mom tells him of her displeasure as she does not share their culture or religion. Though his father was more supportive, he too disapproves their relationship fearing the family's social status. It is revealed that Kasi is on his way to Nagaland to win her back.
From Puri, they head to Kolkata. However, on the way, they are mistaken for bandits in a village. When they inform him that they are from Kerala, the village chief reminisces about his life as a Communist and welcomes them to stay. In the village, they help to build a machine that grinds wheat. Suni fall in love with the chief's daughter, Gowri (Ena Saha).
Beyond Kolkata, they ride further east when an unidentified truck tries to injure Suni. When their bikes get punctured, they take it to a shop which happened to be owned by a Malayalee. He reveals that he had run away from the state years ago for committing a political murder. He informs that years later he has forgotten the ideals of the party and that he yearns to go back. Kasi remembers the time in college when one of his friends was murdered by some goons due to some scuffle.
When they reach Assam, they end up in the middle of a communal riot where they rescue a little girl. Kasi begins to regret the road trip and calls his parents to inform them that he is coming back. With a new outlook on life after meeting different people and visiting different places, he decides against going back and continues the journey. As they near their destination, Suni turns back to go to Gowri and the two friends separate.
Kasi reaches Nagaland and searches for Assi. The presence of a stranger attracts the attention of local militants and they plan to attack Assi that night. Kasi meets Assi and they get back together. At night when the militants arrive at Assi's house, they find the two missing. The film ends with Kasi and Assi riding away at dawn.
- Dulquer Salmaan as Kasim aka Kasi
- Sunny Wayne as Sunil Lekshmi aka Suni
- Surja Bala Hijam as Assi
- Ena Saha as Gowri
- Dhritiman Chatterjee
- Shane Nigam as Shyam
- Joy Mathew as Abdul Haji
- Vanitha Krishnachandran as Azma
- Paloma Monappa as Ishita
- Avantika Mohan as Fatima
- Baby Anikha as WafaMol
- Ajay Nataraj
- Master Reinhard Abernathy as Balu
- Surjith as Raghavan
- K. T. C. Abdullah
- Bobby Zachariah Abraham
- Pearle Maaney
- Avinash Sivadas Vettiyattil
Meitei actress Surja Bala Hijam was signed to play Assi, a student who comes to Kerala to study engineering. The film is Bala's Malayalam debut. 18-year-old Bengali actress Ena Saha played Sunny Wayne's love interest, Gauri. Joy Mathew was cast to play Dulquer Salmaan's father. Paloma Monappa played a surfer, also making her Malayalam debut. A Kochi-based adventurer, Bobby Zachariah, Abraham played a biker.
The film was shot in Nagaland in the north-eastern part of India, at Government Engineering College, Thrissur, and in Ayyanthole. The costumes were designed by Mashar Hamsa. Stills by Vishnu Thandassery. This film's first official teaser released on 22 June in YouTube and got largely positive reviews from the viewers. The movie was released all over Kerala on 9 August 2013.
|Soundtrack album by Rex Vijayan|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Rex Vijayan chronology|
|1.||"Doore Doore"||Suchith Suresan||4:19|
|5.||"Ami Hitmajare"||Traditional Baul Song||4:40|
IndiaGlitz gave a rating of 7/10, stating that "is a movie that must be watched for its solid, though diluted content." The Times of India rated the film as a 3.5/5, praising some of the voice acting, but questioning the relevance of some of the character's political stances. The Hindu praised the entertaining nature of the film, the acting and the script, whilst criticizing the second half of the film and its climax.
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