Director Salim Ahamed, known for directing critically acclaimed films, is wielding the megaphone for the Malayalam film And the Oscar Goes To. The film has Tovino Thomas playing the role of a struggling filmmaker and veteran actor Sreenivasan playing a film star. Anu Sithara plays the woman lead in and the director has also roped in a foreign actor to play the part of another woman lead.
And The Oscar Goes To has a very talented technical crew with Bijibal roped in to score the music, Madhu Ambat for cinematography and the Oscar winning sound engineer Resul Pookutty for sound mixing and designing. According to reports, a major portion of the film will be shot in the US and Canada, and locations have already been earmarked for this. Besides the foreign locations, the shooting will also take place in Mumbai, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kannur.
Salim Ahamed made his directorial debut with Adaminte Makan Abu in 2011, which did quite well at the box office, and followed it up with the Mammootty starrer Kunjananthante Kada. In 2015, he went on to direct Pathermari, a blockbuster hit starring Mammootty and Jewel Mary. This hit under his belt has upped the expectation levels for And The Oscar Goes To.
Salim Ahamed has won the National Award for Best Feature Film twice – Adaminte Makan Abu and Best Feature Film in Malayalam – Pathemari. His Adaminte Makan Abu also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film and Best Screenplay.
Sreenivasan debuted in the 1977 PA Backer movie Manimuzhakkam and has acted in over 200 films, and is most known for his comedy-oriented performances. Apart from acting, Sreenivasan also wrote the screenplay for several popular films such as Gandhinagar 2nd Street (1986), Nadodikkattu (1987), Pattanapravesham (1988), Varavelpu (1989), Midhunam (1993), Mazhayethum Munpe (1995) and Katha Parayumpol (2007), among others. He has won two Kerala State Film Awards for Best Screenplay for Sandesam and Mazhayethum Munpe.
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