Ottaal

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Ottaal
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Jayaraj
Produced by
  • K. Mohan (Seven Arts Mohan)
  • Vinod Vijayan
Screenplay by Joshy Mangalath
Story by Joshy Mangalath
Based on Vanka
by Anton Chekhov
Starring
  • Ashanth K. Sha
  • Kumarakom Vasudevan
  • Shine Tom Chacko
  • Sabitha Jayaraj
  • Thomas J. Kannampuzha
Music by Kavalam Narayana Panicker
Cinematography M. J. Radhakrishnan
Edited by B. Ajithkumar
Production
company
Director Cutz Film Company Ltd]]
Distributed by Qube India
Reelmonk
Release date
  • 6 November 2015 (2015-11-06) (India)
Running time
81 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam
English

Ottaal (English: The Trap) is a 2015 Indian Malayalam film directed by Jayaraj, an adaptation of the short story "Vanka" by Russian author Anton Chekhov.[1] This film stars Ashanth K Sha and Kumarakom Vasudevan, as well as actors Shine Tom Chacko, Sabitha Jayaraj and Thomas G. Kannampuzha.[2]

It became the first movie in India to be released online on the same day as its theatrical release.[3] The film made history, becoming the first ever Malayalam movie to have swept all the top awards in the 20-year history of the International Film Festival of Kerala.[4] The film was one of four Malayalam films selected to be a part of the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India in Goa in November 2015.[5]

Plot[edit]

This film tells the story of a young boy (Ashanth K Sha) and his relationship with his grandfather (Kumarakom Vasudevan), his only living relative in the world. Actor Kumarakom Vasudevan is a fisherman in real life, whom Director Jayaraj found during his hunt for actors to play the role. Shine Tom Chacko’s character, Mesthri, also has a pivotal role in the story.[6] Ottaal is an adaptation of one of Anton Chekhov’s timeless works, Vanka. A story of the 18th century, but one that has travelled the time and space to be retold in the present day at a small village in the South of India.

Cast[edit]

  • Master Ashanth K Sha as Kuttappai
  • Kumarakaom Vasudevan as Vallyappachayi
  • Shine Tom Chacko as Mesthri
  • Thomas J Kannampuzha as Betty
  • Sabitha Jayaraj as Moly
  • Master Hafis Muhammed as Tinku
  • Vavachan as Outha

Soundtrack[edit]

The film has one song 'Aa Manathilirrunnu',[7] composed by Padma Bhushan Kavalam Narayana Panicker.[8]

Release and reception[edit]

The film was released in theaters in Kerala on 6 November 2015 and online on the same day through Reelmonk, making it the first Indian film to be released simultaneously in theaters and on the internet.[9][10][11][12]

Accolades[edit]

Award / Film Festival Category Recipient(s) Result
National Film Awards[13] Best Screenplay Writer (Adapted) Joshy Mangalath Won
Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation Ottaal Won
Kerala State Film Awards[14] Best Film Jayaraj Won
Mumbai Film Festival[15] Golden Gateway of India Award Ottaal Won
Film for Social Impact Award Ottaal Won
International Film Festival of Kerala[16] Suvarna Chakoram (Best Film) Ottaal Won
Best Film - International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) jury Ottaal Won
Best Malayalam film - Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) jury Ottaal Won
Rajatha Chakoram - Audience Prize Ottaal Won
Berlin Film Festival[17] Crystal Bear Ottaal Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'OTTAAL': JAYARAJ ADAPTS CHEKHOV'S STORY". YTalkies. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "When a photo inspired a film". The Hindu. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "'Ottaal' to have simultaneous release in theatres, online". Business Standard. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jayaraj's 'Ottaal' sweeps top honours". Manorama Online. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Four Malayalam Films to be Screened at International Film Festival". New Indian Express. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "'Ottal' is more than an environmental film: Jayaraj". Manorama Online. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ottaal Multiple Award Winning Movie Review". Youtube. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ottaal Multiple Award Winning Movie Review". Saj Media. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Exploring online market for movie release". The Hindu. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ottaal releasing this Friday". JanmaBhumi Daily. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "Malayalam film Ottaal to release in theatres, online on same day". 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "'Ottaal' First Indian Film to be Released Online in Real-time". 6 November 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "National Awards: Kangana Ranaut Collects Best Actress Award". NDTV. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Kerala State Film Awards 2014 - Winners List". Now Running. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "JIO MAMI 2015: 'Haraamkhor', 'Chauthi Koot' bag top honours; complete list of winners". IB Times. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "Malayalam film 'Ottaal' sweeps all awards ar International Film Festival of Kerala". DNA India. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  17. ^ "Malayalam film wins Crystal Bear at Berlinale". The Hindu. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 

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