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19(1)(a): First Look Poster of Film Starring Vijay Sethupathi, Nithya Menen Released

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The first look poster of the upcoming Malayalam film 19(1)(a), starring Vijay Sethupathi and Nithya Menen, was released on Tuesday.

Written and directed by debutant Indhu VS, the film marks Sethupathi’s second Malayalam project after his 2019 release Maarconi Mathaai, co-starring Jayaram.

The makers have not divulged any information about the film’s plot. Going by the title, which refers to the Indian Constitution’s provision that upholds a citizen’s right to freedom of speech and expression, the film’s central theme might be about the provision.

The film will be bankrolled under the Anto Joseph Film Company banner, which is headed by producer Anto Joseph. The film also stars Indrajith Sukumaran and Indrans in pivotal roles. Govind Vasantha of Thaikkudam Bridge will compose the music.

Sethupathi was last seen in the 2020 film Ka Pae Ranasingam, that released as a pay-per-view-watch on  ZeePlex. The actor’s upcoming works include Master and Tughlaq Darbar. He is also set to make his Hindi debut alongside Aamir Khan in Laal Singh Chaddha.

Recently, Sethupathi backed out from 800, the biopic of Sri Lankan cricketer Mutthiah Muralitharan, after he faced a massive public backlash from the members of the Tamil film fraternity, including veteran director Bharathiraja and lyricist Thamarai, who called out the actor for choosing to play Muralitharan.

Menen was last seen in the 2020 Amazon Prime Video web series Breathe: Into the Shadows, co-starring Abhishek Bachchan and Amit Sadh, and in Tamil film Psycho. Menen has completed filming for her upcoming Netflix Tamil anthology film Navarasa and Gamanam, co-starring Shriya Saran. Gamanam is expected to release in five languages- Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi. Menen also has Telugu film Ninnila Ninnila, co-starring Ashok Selvan and Ritu Varma, in the pipeline.

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