One of the popular production houses in the Malayalam film industry, August Cinemas, had recently announced two projects - Ayyappan and Pathinettam Padi. It was announced that Ayyappan will star Prithiviraj in the lead and that both the films will be directed by Shankar Ramakrishnan.
Now comes another interesting announcement from the production house regarding their new project. Titled Prithvi, the film will be directed by Kerala State Award-winning director Abijith Asokan. He had won the award for directing the children’s film, Kolumittayi.
With the title of the film named after the actor Prithviraj, there were various speculations about the subject. However, the director has clarified in an interview published in Cinema Express, “The Prithvi here refers to earth. Nature plays an important part in the story. It’s a pure, light-hearted family film with dreams as one of its themes. I would call it a socially-committed story based on true incidents.”
On the stars to be roped in, he had said, “There are around eight major characters in the film and we are looking for highly skilled actors. The full cast will be announced soon.” Abhijit Asokan is in talks with a leading music composer to set the tunes for Prithvi and will be revealing who it is after signing the deal.
The prep work of Prithvi is underway with the director and his team scouting for suitable locations for shooting. On working with August Cinemas, he said, “The idea is to do something of artistic value with a skilled and like-minded group of individuals. And Shaji Nadesan (producer) was very open-minded about the script. He is someone who respects a filmmaker’s vision and doesn’t interfere. He was totally on board with the idea.”
It may be noted here that Prithviraj founded the production house along with Santosh Sivan, Shaji Nadesan and Arya in 2010 and moved out to form his own production company.
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