Njan Marykutty

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Njan Marykutty
Directed byRanjith Sankar
Produced byRanjith Sankar
Jayasurya
Screenplay byRanjith Sankar
StarringJayasurya
Jewel Mary
Aju Varghese
Innocent
Music byAnand Madhusoodanan
CinematographyVishnu Narayan
Edited byV. Saajan
Production
company
Dreams N Beyond
Distributed byPunyalan Cinemas
Release date
  • 15 June 2018 (2018-06-15)
Running time
126 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

Njan Marykutty (transl. I am Marykutty) is a 2018 Indian Malayalam-language drama film written and directed by Ranjith Sankar and co-produced with Jayasurya. The film stars Jayasurya as a trans woman named Marykutty, with Jewel Mary, Jins Baskar, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Aju Varghese and Joju George in other prominent roles.[1] The music for the film was composed by Anand Madhusoodhanan.[2]The film was released on 15 June 2018 on the eve of Ramadan.[3]

Theme[edit]

A transgender woman's attempt to realize her true orientation in a society that stigmatizes gender transformation. Will Marykutty come out victorious while shredding all the taboos associated with the transgender community and the stigma of surgery?

The film attempted to educate audience on various issues faced by LGBTQ community and also the plot of the film explains the difference between transgender and those who have gone through surgery to align with their gender.[4] In doing so, the film showcased the trauma that families go through, as well as the emotional and physical trauma that members of this community undergo, at the hands of society and governmental authorities.[5][6][7]

Plot[edit]

The story begins when Mathukutty, who is transgender and wants to undergo surgery to align her gender to her body. Born a male, she becomes Marykutty and her problems start when she comes back to her native place.

Though her family disowns Marykutty, it is the parish priest, who gives her all the confidence. She is determined to become a sub Inspector and joins a coaching institute to prepare for the exam. In between, she earns considerable appreciation in that area, as a Radio Jockey in the FM channel run by the church.

The movie narrates the hardwork and hardships faced by Marykutty to achieve her dream and to set a respectable identity in the society.


Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Jayasurya agreed to collaborate with film director Ranjith Sankar in March 2018, for the project titled Njan Marykutty based on LGBT related topic.[8][9] This film marks their fifth collaboration. Filming began in Muvattupuzha on 17 March 2018.[10][11][12]

According to an interview given by the team, originally they thought of making a comedy film.[13] As other trans movies with comedy, or sympathy theme already exist, later the plan was changed to create a movie with a positive message. Hence the character is someone who succeeded in life against all the odds. Also to avoid common pattern of long hair for trans characters in many movies, short hair was chosen in this movie. Additionally makeup man Ronex Xavier used less makeup for Jayasurya's character, and certain shot were taken without any makeup at all.[14] As preparation for movie Jayasurya pierced his ear, dieted to put on weight, and stopped his normal daily workout programs. Jayasurya also learnt to drape a saree within 4 minutes for the shooting of the film.[15]

Jayasurya revealed that his role as a transgender person was the most difficult character that he ever played in his career and also revealed that he wanted to play the character of a transgender person to change the aspects and mindsets of the society that it generally thinks upon the transgender people.[16] The costume designs for the film were designed by Jayasurya's wife Saritha and the trans woman getup of Jayasurya was used by his wife Saritha to display as the model for the promotion of Saritha's costume design boutique.[17][18] Ranjith later revealed that he was inspired by transsexual actress Anjali Ameer to make a transgender related film.[19]

Release[edit]

The film had its theatrical release on 15 June 2018 in Kerala and a week later in rest of India. It was released in the Middle East on 5 July 2018.[20] The posters of the film displayed in the United Arab Emirates screenings featured a faceless Jayasurya as the UAE government prohibits sex assignment surgery in the country. The film was also tagged adult only and no promotions of the film were allowed in the country. According to Sankar, there were other restrictions as well.[21]

Reception[edit]

The Times of India rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and lauded the performance of Jayasurya for his role as a transgender person in the film stating that this is a fine effort to portray the respect and dignity of transgender people through the versatile acting of Jayasurya.[22] The Hindu newspaper gave positive reviews to the film for handling the troubles and challenges of a transperson with sensitivity.[23]

Deccan Chronicle rated 4 out of 5 stars and said "Njan Marykutty stands out for the fine way the lead character Marykutty has been scripted by director Ranjith Sankar and interpreted by actor Jayasurya".[24] International Business Times wrote "for the first time in the history of Mollywood, a transgender character has been portrayed with dignity and respect". Although he said there are some unrealistic moment it is forgettable for Sankar's good intention.[25]

Awards[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Anand Madhusoodhanan composed the music, who collaborated with Jayasurya and Sankar for the third time. Lyrics were written by Santhosh Varma.

  1. Doore Doore - Biju Narayanan
  2. Cherupulliyuduppitta Poompaatta - Nidhin P. K.
  3. Ennullil Ennum Nee Maathram - Sithara Krishnakumar
  4. Kaanaa Kadalaasilaaro - Sithara Krishnakumar
  5. Oru Kochu Kumbilaanennaakilum - Nidhin P. K.
  6. Penninullil Priya Mohangalkku - Nithin P. K.
  7. Thirakalethire Vannalum - Vineeth Sreenivasan
  8. Uyaraan Padaraan - Nidhin P. K

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Njan Marykutty out on June 15". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Before Njan Marykutty: Box Office Analysis Of Jayasurya's Previous 5 Movies!". filmibeat.com. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Jayasurya's 'Njan Marykutty' Wins Over Kerala's Trans Community". The Quint. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
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  12. ^ "'Njan Marykutty's' new teaser shows the fighter side of the protagonist - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  13. ^ "സ്പെഷ്യൽ ചാറ്റ് ഷോ -'ഞാൻ മേരിക്കുട്ടി' വിശേഷങ്ങളുമായ് താരങ്ങൾ". മഴവില്‍ മനോരമ. 15:20. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
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  15. ^ "How Jayasurya learned to drape a saree in just four minutes". OnManorama. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Njan Marykutty is my gift to the LGBTQ community: Jayasurya". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Jayasurya models as Marykutty for wife's boutique". The News Minute. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Saritha uses Jayasurya's female getup in her shop's ad!". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Ranjith Sanker: Anjali Ameer inspired me to write Njan Marykutty - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  20. ^ "'Njan Marykutty' releases in the Middle East". The News Minute. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Njan Marykutty poster doesn't have a face in UAE, guess the reason! - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Njan Marykutty Movie Review {3/5}: Jayasurya amazes with a subtle performance". m.timesofindia.com. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  23. ^ Sudhish, Navamy (16 June 2018). "'Njan Marykutty' review: Transperson's troubles handled sensitively". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  24. ^ "Njan Marykutty movie review: A breakthrough moment in Malayalam cinema". deccanchronicle.com. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  25. ^ Narayanan, Nirmal. "Njan Marykutty review: The first-ever Malayalam movie to portray transgender with dignity and respect". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  26. ^ S.R. Praveen (27 February 2019). "Kerala State film awards: ‘Kanthan...’, 'Sudani from Nigeria' win honours". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 February 2019.

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