1744 WA, the upcoming Malayalam film, set to be directed by Senna Hegde, will be a crime comedy-drama with a “quirky” touch, the filmmaker said in a conversation with Silverscreen India.
The title poster was released by the makers on social media on Sunday. The film is produced under the Kabinii Films banner.
Hegde, who has previously helmed the award-winning Malayalam film Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam, said about his upcoming project, “It is a very quirky, funny film and not really a plot-driven one. It has a bunch of characters who come together and interconnect at various points. It does not have a specific location and we assume that it happens somewhere in Kerala. A White Alto car (the WA of the title) plays a vital part in the film and there is a road trip element too.”
1744 WA will feature Sharafudheen as the main lead and he will be essaying the role of a cop, while Vincy Aloushious plays his wife. The film will also bring back actors from Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam such as Rajesh Madhavan and Renji Kankol, alongside others like Navas Vallikkunnu and Arya Salim. “It is not a typical film. All these characters are good and bad,” the director added.
As with Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam, Hegde has written the screenplay of 1744 WA in collaboration with Sreeraj Raveendran. “We started to write in November 2021. I was scheduled to do a film with Kunchacko Boban and since that is only happening later this year, we decided to do another project before that,” the filmmaker said.
1744 WA is scheduled to go on floors this month, and the team is planning to finish the shooting in a single schedule. The film will be shot in Kanhangad, Kerala, with Sreeraj handling the cinematography. Mujeeb Majeed is on board as the music composer, while Harilal Rajeev is the editor.
Hegde revealed that the pre-production of his film with Kunchacko Boban, titled Padmini, will begin soon after he finishes 1744 WA. “Padmini is a comedy-drama and it will have Aparna Balamurali sharing the screen with Boban. We are expecting to go on floors in late 2022. It will all depend on whether there are any restrictions imposed in Kerala in view of the pandemic,” he added.