The trailer of actors Jacob Gregory and Anupama Parameswaran starrer Maniyarayile Ashokan dropped on Friday. Helmed by debutant Shamzu Zayba, the film has been bankrolled by Dulquer Salmaan under his Wayfarer Films banner along with Gregory. This is the first time the lead actors have associated with Dulquer as producer although they have associated as actors for films prior to this. It is skipping a theatrical release and hitting Netflix directly on Onam, which falls on 31 August.
A ‘lucky’ Ashokan (Gregory) has been rigorously searching for his better half, only to be rejected for his looks and teased by his friends. All of the prospects are looking, smiling, and showing all signs of acceptance, but somehow end up rejecting him at the end. One fine day, he chances upon Shyama (Anupama), and just when he assumes that everything seems to be in his favour, something ‘crazy’ poses a threat to his marriage once again. A glimpse of Dulquer in the navy uniform can be seen in the trailer too.
Dulquer took to Twitter to release the trailer.
— dulquer salmaan (@dulQuer) August 28, 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 Sunny Wayn as Ajayan, Shine Tom Chacko as Shaiju, Shritha Sivadas as Anju, Onima Kashyap, Nayana Elza, and Krishna Sankar as Ratheesh, in important roles.
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, debutants Vineeth Krishnan and Magesh Boji have penned the story, debutant Sajad Kaakku has handled the camera, debutant Sreehari K Nair has composed, Appu N Bhattathiri has edited, Jayan Crayon has handled art, and Sameera Saneesh has designed costumes.
Three songs from the film have dropped so far – ‘Unnimaya’, ‘Peyyum Nilaavu’, and ‘Olu’. While ‘Unnimaya’ has been sung by Dulquer Salmaan and Gregory in the lyrics of Shihas Ammedkoya, ‘Peyyum Nilaavu’ is by KS Harisankar in the lyrics of Hari Narayanan BK and ‘Olu’ is by Sid Sriram in the lyrics of Shamzu Zayba. All songs have raked in more than a million views.
Watch the trailer of Maniyarayile Ashokan here.