Actors Jacob Gregory and Anupama Parameswaran starrer Maniyarayile Ashokan will skip the theatrical release and release directly on Netflix. Helmed by debutant Shamzu Zayba, and bankrolled by Dulquer Salmaan under his Wayfarer Films banner along with Gregory, the film will premiere on Onam, which falls on 31 August. This is the first time the lead actors will be associating with Dulquer as producer although they have associated as actors for films prior to this.
Netflix announced the same on it’s Twitter handle.
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— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) August 15, 2020
Maniyarayile Ashokan revolves around the romantic life of Ashokan (Gregory), a middle-class man. Anupama plays Shyama in the film.
The film that was originally announced to be the first production under Dulquer’s Wayfarer banner has now become the second owing to the release of Varane Avashyamundu prior to it. Apart from the lead cast, the romantic drama also stars Shine Tom Chacko who plays Shaiju, and Krishna Sankar who plays Ratheesh, in important roles. Dulquer might also be seen in a cameo role.
Apart from playing the lead, Anupama has also worked as an assistant to Shamzu in the film.
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On the technical front, Vineeth Krishnan and Magesh Boji have penned the story, Sajad Kaakku has handled the camera, Sreehari K Nair has composed, Appu N Bhattathiri has edited, Jayan Crayon has handled art, and Sameera Saneesh has designed costumes.
Two songs from the film have dropped so far – ‘Unnimaya’ and ‘Peyyum Nilaavu’. While the former has been sung by Dulquer Salmaan and Gregory in the lyrics of Shihas Ammedkoya, the latter is by KS Harisankar in the lyrics of Hari Narayanan BK. Both songs have raked in more than a million views.
Listen to both songs here.