North 24 Kaatham

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North 24 Kaatham
North 24 Kaatham poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Anil Radhakrishnan Menon
Produced by C. V. Sarathi
Written by Anil Radhakrishnan Menon
Starring
Music by Govind Menon, Rex Vijayan
Cinematography Jayesh Nair
Edited by Dilip
Production
company
E 4 Entertainment
Release date
15 September 2013
Running time
125 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

North 24 Kaatham is a 2013 Indian Malayalam road movie written and directed by debutante Anil Radhakrishnan Menon. The film features Fahadh Faasil, Nedumudi Venu and Swathi Reddy in the lead roles. The background score is composed by Govind Menon. The movie released as an Onam release on 15 September 2013. It was well received by critics and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam.

Plot[edit]

Harikrishnan (Fahadh Faasil) is a geeky software architect who suffers from Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder. His colleagues find it hard to work with him due to his emotional outbursts and odd mannerisms, though the company leadership values him as a core asset to the organization. His colleagues hatch a plan to send him off to Trivandrum to demonstrate on a webinar, one of company's top selling products, which also happens to be developed by Hari. Unfortunately for him, the date of his journey coincides with a harthal day. En route to Trivandrum, in the middle of the night, his co-passenger Gopalan (Nedumudi Venu), a veteran politician, receives a call informing him that his wife is seriously ill. As soon as the train leaves Kollam, Gopalan, growing concerned about his wife's health decides to change his plan and return to his hometown in Kozhikode to attend to his ailing wife. Seeing the situation, another passenger Narayani a.k.a. Nani (Swathi Reddy), a social worker, decides to join Gopalan. They get down at Paravur railway station. In the confusion to get down at Paravur, Gopalan accidentally drops his cell phone on the train before disembarking. Hari notices the ringing phone when Gopalan's friend Moidheen calls him up to inform about his wife's death. Hari picks the call and hears the sad news. Not knowing how to react in this situation, Hari also gets down at Paravur in the pretext of forgetting his bag on the train. Hari decides to follow Narayani and Gopalan on their return journey to Kozhikode. The plan not only upsets his daily routine and schedule, but also disturbs his standard of hygiene. Nani on the other hand is carefree and unlike Hari, goes out of her way to help others. The journey becomes a learning experience for Hari and how he understands and overcomes various trying situations in life. The films ends with Hari and Nani falling in love and him finally overcoming his OCPD.

Cast[edit]

  • Fahadh Faasil as Harikrishnan, an IT Professional from Kochi, in a journey to Trivandrum for a webinar.
  • Nedumudi Venu as Gopalan, a retired school teacher who is in a journey to Trivandrum for certification issues of his neighbour.
  • Swathi Reddy as Narayani, an NGO activist in Trivandrum from Shornur.
  • Chemban Vinod Jose as Mustafa, an NRI who is trapped in Kochi at Harthal Day. He needs to move to Chavakkad to see his newly born baby
  • Sadiq as Minister
  • Mukundan as S I
  • Thalaivasal Vijay as Sreekumar, Hari's father
  • Geetha as Maya, Hari's mother
  • Sreenath Bhasi as Siddharth a.k.a. Sid, Hari's brother, Red FM RJ
  • Premgi Amaren as Vyomkesh, A Tamil guy who married a Kutchi language girl portrayed by Kani Kusruti
  • Leona Lishoy as Simi [A new joinee in Harikrishnan's office]
  • Srinda Arhaan as Priya, Hari's Colleague
  • Disney James as the Railway Guard.
  • Prigi Abigail Benger
  • Privin Vinish
  • Chinnu Kuruvila as Prathibha
  • Pushpa Mathew as Nivedita
  • Deepak Nathan as Happy Singh, The Hindi speaking guy in the office who hates Hari

Production[edit]

Produced under the banner of E 4 Entertainment, the film sports cinematography by Jayesh Nair and music by Govind Menon (of Thaikkudam Bridge fame).

Kaatham in Malayalam is a unit of distance measurement that amounts to 16 kilometres. The story evolves during a journey; but it's something beyond a travel movie. The film was scheduled to begin filming in May and spanned various scenic locations across Kerala, since it depicts a journey through most of the state. The film's poster caught attention, with its tongue-in-cheek sketch by National Institute of Design graduate Shilpa Alexander depicting a slice of life in Kerala.

Swathi Reddy confirmed that she had signed up for the film. Mumbai-based Prigi Abigail Benger took part in the auditions for North 24 Kaatham and will make her debut opposite Sreenath Bhasi. Tamil comedian Premgi Amaren would be doing a small role in the film and make his Malayalam debut. He shot a few scenes for a couple of days in June. Srinda Ashab was cast to play an IT professional, and Fahadh’s colleague in the film.[1]

Soundtrack[edit]

North 24 Kaatham
Soundtrack album by Rex Vijayan, Govind Menon
Released 2013
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Producer C. V. Sarathi
#Track Song Singer(s) Composer Duration
1 "Thanaro (Title Song)" Sreenath Bhasi Rex Vijayan 3:46
2 "Harthal Punk" Anish Krishnan, Govind Menon Govind Menon 3:26
3 "Porumo" Raghu Dixit, Bijibal Govind Menon 4:36
4 "Tharangal" Siddharth Menon, Jeba Niyaz Govind Menon 5:30
5 "Pontharam" Christin Jose, Leah Samuel, Siddharth Menon, Govind Menon Govind Menon 3:55

Reception[edit]

The film received strongly positive reviews upon release. Sify.com wrote: "North 24 Kaatham is fresh and innovative concept, hilarious at the same time thought provoking and a thoroughly enjoyable ride."[2] Rating the film 3/5, Veeyen of Nowrunning.com said, "'North 24 Kaatham' is an articulation of the randomness of life; of chance and arbitrariness that brings about smiles and rekindles hopes. The emotional pitch that it maintains is mighty, which makes it a highly compassionate film that also marks a brilliant directorial debut."[3] Paresh C Palicha of Rediff.com rated the film 3/5 and concluded his review saying, "North 24 Kaatham is an endearing film and a sure winner for Fahadh Faasil as the leading man and Anil as a debutant director.".[4][5]

Accolades[edit]

National Film Awards (2013)
Kerala State Film Awards (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "North 24 Katham Review | Fahad Fazil's North 24 Katham | North 24 Katham Collection Report". Futurecreater.in. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Movie Review : North 24 Kaatham". Sify.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  3. ^ "North 24 Kaatham Review - Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen". Nowrunning.com. 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Review: North 24 Kaatham is an endearing film - Rediff.com Movies". Rediff.com. 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Review: North 24 Kaatham | MOVIERAGA". Movieraga.indulekha.com. 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 

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