|Produced by||Ranjith |
|Cinematography||M. J. Radhakrishnan|
|Edited by||Vijay Shankar|
|Distributed by||Varnachithra Big Screen|
Thirakkatha (transl. Screenplay) is a 2008 Malayalam romantic drama film co-produced, written, and directed by Ranjith. The film is a tribute to the yesteryear actresses who had been graceful, popular figures in cinema during their younger age with patronage and later got completely disregarded by the industry, media and the masses alike.
Ranjith emphasized that the film should be seen as a work of fiction and not as the real-life story of Srividya or any other actress. The story shifts between the present and flashbacks through the perspective of different characters. The story is divided into three monologues which meet in the climax. The film has garnered positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Akbar Ahmed is a film director. Friends call him 'Akky'. After his highly successful first film, he becomes the most wanted director in the Malayalam film industry. Akky and his girl friend Devayani along with a group of friends all share a passion for cinema. It was with them that Akbar directed and produced his first film, which went on to become a huge success. Akbar also runs a cafe called Casablanca named after the classic Hollywood film. For Akbar cinema is not a job, it is his passion. Akbar decides to choose a very different kind of story for his second film and he sets on a journey in search of it.
Akbar decides to base his second film on the life of yesteryear actress Malavika, who was once a very popular actress and whose present whereabouts are unknown. Akbar and his friends go tracking Malavika’s biography. Her husband was Ajaya Chandran. Currently Ajayachandran is the reigning super star of the industry. Akbar starts his search from film director Aby Kuruvila’s house. Kuruvila’s son gives his father’s old letters and diaries to Akbar from which he starts learning about the whirlwind romance of Malavika and Ajayachandran which led to marriage. How differences between them led to a breakup and how this affected their careers along with Akbar's efforts to find Malavika form the major plot of the film. The film ends in a touching yet marvelous climax with a poetic narration.
- Prithviraj as Akbar Ahammed
- Priyamani as Malavika (Voice By Vimmi Mariam George)
- Anoop Menon as Ajayachandran
- Samvrutha Sunil as Devayani
- Ranjith as Director Aby Kuruvilla
- Praveena as Meera
- Arun as Narendran
- Nishanth Sagar as Kevin
- Nandhu as Krishnamoorthy
- Siddharth Siva as Sathya
- Surabhi Lakshmi as Valarmathi
- Augustine as Chackochan
The film was received well with audiences and critics alike. Some of the major reviews in the media were all praises for the film. Nowrunning.com opined that "It is a charming film that's plainly life-affirming without being overly pretentious or markedly melodramatic". Paresh C Palicha at Rediff.com opined that "It is exciting to see Ranjith bounce back to form with his best effort so far." Almost all reviewers were unanimous about the brilliant performances of the lead stars, especially of Priyamani, Anoop Menon and Prithviraj.
2008 : Film Awards
- Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam - Priyamani
- Best Film Malayalam
- Best Director - Ranjith
- Best Music Director - Sharath
- Best Female Playback Singer -K.S.Chithra
The score and soundtrack of the movie were composed by Sharreth, who returned to the field after a long gap.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||14 August 2008|
|1.||"Arikil Nee Illa" (Male)||Rafeeq Ahammed||Madhu Balakrishnan||3:15|
|2.||"Oduvil Oru" ((Female) (Won Best Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Malayalam))||Rafeeq Ahammed||K. S. Chithra||4:10|
|3.||"Paalapoovithalil"||Rafeeq Ahammed||Shweta Mohan, Nishad||4:29|
|4.||"Manjuneeril" (Version 1)||Rafeeq Ahammed||Kalpana||4:25|
|5.||"Onnondonnu Chernu"||Rafeeq Ahammed||Ranjini Haridas, Shankar Mahadevan||3:51|
|6.||"Arikil Nee Illa" (Female)||Rafeeq Ahammed||Teenu Tellence||3:15|
|7.||"Oduvil Oru" (Male)||Rafeeq Ahammed||Sharreth||4:09|
|8.||"Manjuneeril" (Version 2)||Rafeeq Ahammed||Kalpana||4:25|
- TR (2008). "Wasn't Ranjith telling Sreevidya's tale?". Nowrunning.com. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- "Thirakatha Review - Malayalam Movie Review by VN". Nowrunning.com. 13 September 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "Review: Thirakkadha". Rediff.com. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "Thirakkatha (2008)". Music India Online. Retrieved 2 November 2018.