Far from the arc lights, dazzle — and scandals — of the Malayalam film industry, a few film enthusiasts under the banner of a university are labouring to establish a movie culture of their own.
Close on the heels of rolling out the first-ever full-length feature film by any university in the country, the Mahatma Gandhi University here is slated to release its second production in March next year. The two-hour movie, Trip, will be a fast paced, travel-investigation thriller, the makers claim, and will be released in three languages, including English.
The film is scripted and directed by M.R. Unni, registrar of the university, and Anwar Abdullah, academic and former student.
Trip revolves around the internal conflicts of Unni, a youth who was forced to live in seclusion at the whims of his father. The plot develops through the intriguing journeys taken up by Fida, the female lead character, to unravel the mystery behind Unni’s missing.
It features a host of new faces, including Arya Ramesh and Rejin Raj, who play the lead characters. Veteran actor K.T.C. Abdulla, who passed away recently, makes his final film appearance in the movie.
According to G. Sreekumar, publicity in-charge and programme coordinator of the Jaivam project which funds the film, most of the movie’s cast and crew are linked to the university.
“The project is part of the university’s extension activity, which also provides the students with the opportunity to be involved in the production process alongside industry professionals,’’ he said.
Written by K. Jayakumar, O.V.Usha and others and composed by Jazzi Gift, the film has four songs. Muhammad A. is the cinematographer and Rinju R.V. the editor.
The university had released its first feature film Samaksham at cinemas across Kerala in November.