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Kaduva: Prithviraj-Starrer Malayalam Film Resumes Shoot Despite Kerala Court’s Ban on Production, Writer Calls Order “Fake News” 

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Photo source: Official poster of 'Kaduva'

The shooting of Kaduva, the Malayalam film whose shooting had to be suspended on the orders of a Kerala court, was resumed on April 17. Dismissing the court’s order, the film’s writer Jinu Abraham told Silverscreen India on Tuesday that the court’s order was “fake news”.

“There is no issue and the shooting is going smooth. We are following all the Covid-19 protocols. I am not aware of any such issue and in fact, we have announced in social media that the shooting has commenced. There is no problem with the shooting,”Jinu told Silverscreen India.

“We have started to shoot about two days back and it will be a single schedule film that will last for 70 days. We are currently shooting in Kottayam [in Kerala],” he added

The film, starring Prithiviraj Sukumaran in the lead role, is being directed by Shaji Kailas. Kaduva is produced by Prithiviraj’s home banner Prithviraj Productions and Listin Stephen for Magic Frames Company. The film centres around a character called Kaduvakunnel Kuruvachan, a native of Pala in Kerala.

On April 8, the makers of Kaduva were ordered by the Irinjalakuda Sub Court in Thrissur to suspend the film’s production and promotions after an NRI filed a complaint against the producer. According to the NRI, Anurag Augustus, in 2018, Jinu gave him the script of Kaduva in exchange of Rs 10 lakh. Jinu, however, gave the script to Kaduva’s producers without Anurag’s permission.

The film’s production, which was supposed to start in December 2020, was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the film’s previous poster, music would be scored by Thaman, while Ravi K Chandran was supposed to be the cinematographer. The new poster, however, mentions Jakes Bejoy as the music composer, with Abinandhan Ramanujam as the cinematographer. While Shameer Muhammed is the editor, Mohandas is the art director.

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