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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Soubin Shahir|
|Written by||Soubin Shahir|
Govind V. Pai
|Music by||Rex Vijayan|
|Edited by||Praveen Prabhakar|
Anwar Rasheed Entertainments
The Movie Club
|Distributed by||Anwar Rasheed Entertainments|
|21 September 2017|
Parava (English: Bird) is a Malayalam drama film directed by Soubin Shahir with a script jointly written by Shahir and Muneer Ali. It is Shahir's directorial debut film and stars Amal Shah, Govind V. Pai and Shane Nigam in the lead roles, along with an extended cameo appearance by Dulquer Salmaan. Principal photography began at Fort Kochi, Ernakulam on 1 June 2016. The film was released on 21 September 2017. Soubin Shahir won the Special Jury Award in the Asianet Film Awards for directing the film.
The story takes place in Mattanchery and revolves around the life of two teen boys namely Haseeb and Irshad a.k.a "Ichappi". Both of them are best friends and share a common interest in pigeon taming. Ichappi lives with his parents, his sister and his brother Shane. Shane is indifferent and doesn't speak to anyone. The boys' love for birds is unconditional. They have local competitors(Shine Tom Chacko and team), who have stolen their prized champion female pigeon. Though it is stated that Ichappi and Haseeb are not aware of this. When school reopens Ichappi is sad since he could not pass 9th grade. However his new class teacher consoles him and offers to help him. Ichappi happens to meet Surumi, a new student in Haseeb's class and falls for her. He notices that most of the boys are behind her. The boys while playing cricket encounters two drug addicts(Soubin Shahir and Sreenath Bhasi) who had an impact on their past. Ichappi recollects the story.
Few years ago, there used to be a local club named Six Four Mattanchery led by Imran(Dulquer Salmaan). It was a local cricket club, that competed in local matches. Ichappi's brother Shane(Shane Nigam) was the star player of the club. Apart from being cricket mates, all the members of the club were best friends. The members of the club respected and loved Imran a lot. Shane meets a girl(caretaker) when Imran arranges a lunch for orphan kids. He immediately falls for her. Imran, knowing all about Shane and the girl goes to Shane's house and convinces Shane's parents for Shane's marriage. Shane's father asks Imran that there is no haste in getting him married, so lets just fix it for now. Once, one of the club member Hakeem's (Arjun Ashokan) sister Habeeba(Srinda) who works in a medical store is verbally assaulted by her boss. The club members, in the absence of Imran vow to seek revenge and bashes up the boss but accidentally get in to a fight with some drug addicts(Soubin Shahir and Sreenath Bhasi) and their gang. The addicts get bashed up too in the chaos. They vow to take revenge against the club members. Imran comes to know about this and gets furious on them for their actions. However, while meeting them at the beach at night Imran and his club memebrs get confronted by the addicts. Imran tries for a peace treaty but it results in vain. They get into a fight when Imran urges the club members to leave the place to which the members responds positively. However Imran couldn't stop the goons and ends up getting killed. The club members and their parents mourn the loss of Imran. Shane who strongly believed that he was the person responsible for Imran's demise gets violently emotional. Shane's father(Siddique) too is grieve struck by the loss and orders all the other club members to never meet Shane, since they left Imran alone. According to him, it's not something that friends did. After this, Shane and his dad live in the same house but never talk. Shane isolates himself from everyone.
Ichappi recollects this story. Ichappi goes to school and proposes to Surumi by kissing her on her cheeks and gets a slap in return. Ichappi gets nervous and fears that Surumi might spread this news to her parents as well as teachers. He fakes fever for the next few days and sends Haseeb to inquire about the happenings at school. Surumi confronts Haseeb and tells him to not worry and let Ichappi know that she isn't going to disclose it to anyone. Though Ichappi returns, he is saddened by the fact that Surumi has left the school under unknown circumstances. Icahppi and Haseeb under the pressure from a few other friends go to watch an adult movie. Icahppi feels uncomfortable all the time and upon reaching home, is confronted by an angry mother. His dad asks him about the movie and to everyone's surprise just gives him an advice to not repeat this again. Upon questioned by the mother, he responds that being harsh with Shane never worked out as he wanted, he doesn't want his other son to stop speaking to him too. Hakeem's wedding is fixed. On the wedding day, Ichappi and Haseeb are shocked to find Surumi as the bride. From one of the kids that roam around the competitor's place, they come to know of the stolen bird. They retrieve their bird with the help of the kids. The local pigeon flying competition is on and the boys register their names for the competition. The birds along with the whole cage go missing on the day of the competition. Though grieve striken and literally in tears, they fly the only pair they have. They had hid the oldest pair in a different place. The boys are able to fly their birds for long but get interrupted by Ichappi's father who scolds them for losing the birds. The birds fly away somewhere. Ichappi and Haseeb misunderstand that their rivals (Shine Tom Chacko and team) stole them but they admit they didn't. Shane too comes out and finds that the birds were under the clutches of the addicts who returned from jail and wanted revenge. A furious Shane gets into a fight with the goons but get over powered. However the other club members come to his aid. Shane tries to kill them but is stopped by his friends. His father and Hakeem's father(Harisree Ashokan) come and thrash the goons. As the police arrives, Shane's father warns the Sub-Inspector(Aashiq Abu) that if they are seen here anytime, they will not leave them alive. He then holds Shane's hand and leaves the place symbolizing the end of the father-son dispute.
The club members are shown playing cricket. Shane is shown to have left his isolation and back in track to continue his love story. A smiling Imran(Dulqer) is shown sitting on the fence with some kids watching the friends happily enjoying their unison. Ichappi and Haseeb continue their pigeon taming. The end shot showcases the pigeon(Parava) landing on Ichappi's hand.
- Amal Shah as Irshad aka 'Ichappi'
- Govind V. Pai as Haseeb
- Shane Nigam as Shain, Irshad's elder brother
- Dulquer Salman as Imran (special appearance)
- Siddique as Shane's and Irshad's father
- Jacob Gregory as Mujeeb
- Arjun Ashokan as Hakeem
- Zinil Zainudeen
- Manaal Sheeraz as Surumi
- Harishree Ashokan as Habeeba & Hakeem's father
- Indrans as Mujeeb's father
- Soubin Shahir as Bad guy 1
- Sreenath Bhasi as Bad guy 2
- Srinda Arhaan as Habeeba
- Shine Tom Chacko as Rauf
- Len Prasad
- Anagha LK
- Aashiq Abu as police
- Jaffer Idukki
- Unnimaya Prasad as Irshad's class teacher
- Vijay Kumar
After assisting several directors, Shahir started co-writing a script with friend Muneer Ali, who wrote the script for the segment "Sethulakshmi" in 5 Sundarikal in late 2015. In early 2016, Anwar Rasheed announced that he would produce Shahir's directorial debut. A casting call announcement was made on 23 April 2016 throughout social media seeking male and female actors between age 13 and 26.
The original soundtrack and background score were composed by Rex Vijayan, with lyrics by Vinayak Sasikumar.
- Ormakal - Dulquer Salmaan
- Pakalin Vaathil - Sreenath Bhasi
- Pyaar Pyaar - Rex Vijayan
- Vadakkele Paathoone - K. E. Nabeesa
Deepa Soman of Times of India rated the film 3/5: "Soubin Shahir... uses the not-yet-explored horizon of the sport as the backdrop to tell the story of his home turf, its many varied characters with painful pasts and present, bittersweet realities of the region and its portraits of friendships."
Aswin Bharadwaj of Lensmen Movie Review Center rated the film 3.5/5: "Parava is not a movie that specifically talks about pigeon racing. The film uses pigeons as a connecting link to establish a story about friendship that happens on many levels."
Behindwoods' reviewer rated the film 2.75/5 and wrote, "Performance is the magical touch that makes the simple story special. To be frank, even though Dulquer Salmaan is only there in the movie for a mere 25 minutes, Parava is truly his movie. The story of the film is deeply rooted on Imran, the character played by Dulquer who has effortlessly given his best, be it the body language or the accent of the local Mattancherry boy. Siddique and Shane Nigam has yet again delivered strong performances along with Soubin Shahir and Srinath Bhasi who essayed the roles of the antagonists to perfection. Actor Harisree Ashokan's son Arjun Ashokan and actor Zainudeen's son Zinil Zainudeen have performed neatly in important roles. The kids who played the pivotal roles of Irshad and Haseeb, the pigeon flyers also deserve a tap on their shoulders for their performances. Indrans, Harisree Ashokan, Shine Tom Chacko, Gregory, Jaffer Idukki and Srinda Arhaan have done a good job in their supporting roles."
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