A children's film in Malayalam aptly titled Innalaye Thedi (In Search of Yesterday) is based on the theme of our ancient values, traditions and love, care and pampering of elders enjoyed by children in earlier days in a joint-family, is ready for release on December 10. This film is produced under the aegis of the Children's Film Club, Thrissur, and directed by the talented young personality Aravindan Nelluvai. Aravindan has several years of experience in the industry in different roles. He was associated with veteran writer and director Lohithadas as production executive.
This is a story of an educated and ex-army nomad, who in his journey gets attached with children. The nomad and 11 children take forth the story written by director Aravindan. The theme of the story tells of the journey portraying the goodness and an attempt to regain the values missed somewhere in the fast pace of urbanisation and the booming trend of nuclear family concept. The movie beautifully unveils the changes in rural and urban society in a folk-story telling method aesthetically blended with myths and beauty. Multifaceted veteran actor T.G. Ravi plays the lead role in the film. The film has been shot in digital format in the outskirts of Thrissur and Vatanapally capturing the rich scenic beauty by cameraman Ravi Chandran. The art direction is by famous painter and sculptor Gayatri. The music is composed by Sunny P. Sonnet and lyrics by G. Rajeev Nair and A.K. Anilkrishnan and the playback is by Pradeepchandra Kumar.
Mumbai boy Kalidaas plays an important role in this movie. Incidentally Kalidaas is the son of famous writer-journalist K.V.S. Nelluvai aka Sivadas and Soly. K.V.S. Nelluvai is global co-ordinator of the Children's Film Club, Thrissur, and he makes a debut in the film with a notable small role.
The cast includes Lishoy, Kiran Raj, Dr. Vijaya Raghavan, John Nelluveli, Shibu (Tulips), A.K. Anilkrishnan, Indu Mohan, Nirmala, Mini Arun, Malavika Manu, Riddhima T. Jilsu, Akhila, Anjana Aravindan, Arjun Rajasekharan, Aparna Balamurali, Sarath, Sagar Shyam and Adarsh.
Aravindan says, “I wanted to make a children's film for long. It has happened now. Many will ask why a children's film? My answer is now there are any number of films being made for adults. But producers, directors and technicians rarely take pains to make films for the young. Therefore, I decided to make one.” The film talks of the moral of goodness and universal brotherhood. Before its release it has created a hype and is being widely acclaimed in industry circles. Kudos Aravindan!
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