|Directed by||Dileesh Pothan|
|Produced by||Sandip Senan|
Anish M. Thomas
|Screenplay by||Sajeev Pazhoor|
|Starring|| Suraj Venjaramoodu |
Alencier Ley Lopez
|Edited by||Kiran Das|
|Distributed by||Urvasi Theatres|
Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (English: The Mainour and the Witness) is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language family-drama film directed by Dileesh Pothan and written by Sajeev Pazhoor. Syam Pushkaran co-wrote the dialogues and is also credited as the creative director. The film stars Suraj Venjaramoodu, Fahadh Faasil, Nimisha Sajayan, Alencier Ley Lopez, Vettukili Prakash, and Sibi Thomas.Rajeev Ravi was the cinematographer, while the songs and score were composed by Bijibal.
Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum was released in India on 30 June 2017. The film won two awards at the 48th Kerala State Film Awards—Best Screenplay and Best Character Actor (Alencier). At the 65th National Film Awards, it won three awards—Best Original Screenplay, Best Feature Film in Malayalam, and Best Supporting Actor (Fahadh).
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The story follows the newly married inter-caste couple, Sreeja (Nimisha Sajayan) and Prasad (Suraj Venjaramoodu), from Cherthala who move up north to Kasaragod. On a bus journey, Sreeja's gold chain is stolen by a thief also called Prasad (Fahadh Faasil). He swallows the chain, but not before Sreeja notices it. He gets caught by the passengers, who take him to the nearby police station. On police inquiry, Prasad (thief) denies the act. Eventually, after a medical examination, the chain is found stuck inside his stomach. How to extract the chain, then, becomes the question.
Initially Pazhoor thought of directing the film himself, before Pothan came on-board.About the genre of the film, Pothen said that he is not sure which genre the film falls in, but it surely has the elements of a "family drama". For some of the police roles, the film features real-life police officers in the cast. Newcomer Nimisha Sajayan was selected from general auditions. Principal photography commenced from 7 December 2016 in Kasaragod. Other locations include Vaikom and Cherthala.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||28 June 2017|
|Genre||Feature Film Soundtrack|
The music and background score for the film is composed by Bijibal, who has previously worked with Dileesh Pothan in Maheshinte Prathikaaram .
All tracks are written by Rafeeq Ahamed.
|1.||"Kannile Poika"||Ganesh Sundaram, Soumya Ramakrishnan||3:16|
|2.||"Aayilyam"||Sithara, Govind Menon||3:07|
Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum was released in India on 30 June 2017.
Critic Veeyen termed the movie has sardonic wisecracks and the continual cackles, which fundamentally holds the charm of an otherwise unexciting film. He closes of by signifying the exceptional intelligence and grace the film has in terms of flow.
Bharadwaj, in the review of the film, stated that "Fahadh Faasil's equal parts lazy and wily trickster acting and Alencier Ley Lopez's character acting as luminously exceptional." He praises on the beauty of police office politics that Dileesh & Sajeev was able to portray as the drive that calibrates the film. Manorama praises real-life police officer Sibi Thomas for his comedic and yet balanced performance.
Baradwaj Rangan of Film Companion South wrote "Simply put, Pothan’s films aren’t about the incidents suggested by the titles, but around them. Instead of zooming in, narratively speaking, he goes for the wide shot. This is a generous approach to filmmaking. It says that the main characters are a part of the world around them, and this world needs to be acknowledged as well."
Director Shekhar Kapur, jury chairman of 65th National Film Awards commented: "Brilliant film, impressive performance. First you will think it is a simple film with usual romance and elopement. But how subtle are the things introduced in the film? The movie takes a serious turn by the end, leaving you appalled. I have never seen such an excellent performance by actors,".
The film was a commercial success. It grossed ₹17.5 crore from Kerala box office in its lifetime.
65th Filmfare Awards South
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