Padachone Ingalu Kaatholee, the upcoming Malayalam film led by Sreenath Bhasi, will be a satire, editor-turned-director Bijith Bala tells Silverscreen India.
Bala has previously edited popular films like Shutter, Captain and Vellam. He is also the editor of a few upcoming films, such as Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, Meri Awaz Suno and The Secret of Women.
Padachone Ingalu Kaatholee is produced by Josekutty Madathil and Ranjith Manambarakkat under the Tiny Hands Production banner. The film’s title poster was recently released by the makers and other celebrities through their social media handles.
In conversation with Silverscreen India, Bala says, “Padachone Ingalu Kaatholee is set in a village in the interiors of Kannur, the northern part of Kerala. The film follows Sreenath Bhasi’s character, a teacher at a high school. He has not been appointed as a permanent staff member even after years of service. The story deals with the events that happen in the lives of the protagonist and his friends.”
He adds that the film has both realistic and fantastical elements.
“As the story is set in northern Kerala, the local dialect will be used to a certain extent. However, we are making sure to keep it simple and neutral so that all audiences can follow the dialogues. We have a dialect coach on set to help us with this,” the director reveals.
Apart from Bhasi, the film also features actors Grace Antony, Ann Seethal, Alencier, Mamukoya and Hareesh Kanaran, among several others. “The story demanded a stellar cast and so we roped in these artists. All of their characters have equal importance in the film,” says Bala.
The filmmaker adds that the technical crew includes music composer Shaan Rahman and cinematographer Vishnu.
Bala reveals that he got the idea for this film five years ago, when he had plans to work on a different project. He shared his idea with Pradeep Kavunthura, who then wrote the script of Padachone Ingalu Kaatholee.
The film went on floors on February 11 in Kozhikode, and the director says the team plans to complete the shooting in a single 40-day schedule.