|Screenplay by||Joshy Mangalath|
|Story by||Joshy Mangalath|
by Anton Chekhov
|Music by||Kavalam Narayana Panicker|
|Cinematography||M. J. Radhakrishnan|
|Edited by||B. Ajithkumar|
Director Cutz Film Company Ltd]]
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. This film stars Ashanth K Sha and Kumarakom Vasudevan, as well as actors Shine Tom Chacko, Sabitha Jayaraj and Thomas G. Kannampuzha.
It became the first movie in India to be released online on the same day as its theatrical release. 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. 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.
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. 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.
- 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
Release and reception
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.
|Award / Film Festival||Category||Recipient(s)||Result|
|National Film Awards||Best Screenplay Writer (Adapted)||Joshy Mangalath||Won|
|Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation||Ottaal||Won|
|Kerala State Film Awards||Best Film||Jayaraj||Won|
|Mumbai Film Festival||Golden Gateway of India Award||Ottaal||Won|
|Film for Social Impact Award||Ottaal||Won|
|International Film Festival of Kerala||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||Crystal Bear||Ottaal||Won|
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