It was Kerala Cafe (2010) that launched the string of anthology films in Malayalam. After films like Anchu Sundarikal, D Company and Konthayum Poonoolum, the latest Malayalam film of this genre is Crossroad, which will have 11 shorts segments on different faces of women.
The 11 directors involved in the project are Rajeev Ravi, Madhupal, Lenin Rajendran, Nemom Pushparaj, Avira Rebecca, Shasi Paravoor, Ashok R Nath, Babu Thiruvalla, Albert, Pradeep Nair and Nayana Suryan. The films star actresses like Parvathy, Mamtha Mohandas, Padmapriya, Priyanka, Isha Talwar and Srinda Arhaan.
A TOI report quoted Lenin Rajendran as saying, “The film is an initiative of a forum of nationally known filmmakers that we are all part of —Forum for Better Films. We have been discussing the idea for a long while and had no second thoughts when it came to the common theme of the movie — women’s issues.” Rajendran will be directing the segment, Pimbe Nadappaval, starring Parvathy.
The only woman director of the 11 is Nayana Suryan, a former assistant to Dr. Biju and Lenin Rajendran. Her segment, titled Pakshikalude Manam (The Smell of Birds), will have Shruti Menon in the lead.
The film was launched last week, by Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. It is being made under the production banner of Forum for Better films. Crossroad is expected to be released in April, 2017.