Director: Rajeev Ravi / India / 177min / 2016 / Malayalam
Synopsis A city with a serene past, turned into a concrete jungle through violence & deceit is “Kammatipaadam”. Krishnan, now a security officer in Mumbai returns to Kochi after receiving a distress call from his childhood friend Ganga. He recalls his past on how manipulative forces used & discarded inhabitants of Kochi.
The friendship of a middle-class boy Krishnan with Ganga & his family, forms the crux of this movie & are exposed to violence at young age. Inspired by the heroics & manliness of Ganga’s elder brother Balettan, Krishnan & his gang indulge in unlawful activities as they grow up. Krishnan turns into an outlaw by murdering a policeman in his adolescence. Balettan argues with his grandfather over his deeds & complains his forefathers’ ideologies being useless. The film urges to question the false image of development which trivialised traditional values & beliefs held by Dalits, creating a disoriented generation from the Dalit community, who were manoeuvred to violence by the rich.
CAST & CREW
Director: Rajeev Ravi
Scriptwriter: P Balachandran
Producer: Premkumar Menon
Cinematographer: Madhu Neelakandan
Editor: B Ajithkumar
Sound Designer & Mixer: S Radhakrishnan
Music: John P Varkey & K
Cast: Dulquer Salmaan, Vinayakan T. K, Manikandan Achari, Shaun Romy
DIRECTOR’S BIO Rajeev Ravi is an alumni of Film and Television Institute of India-Pune.He debuted as an independent cinematographer with the film Chandni Bar (2001) directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. Rajeev has collaborated with Anurag Kashyap on several commercial and art films. Rajeev won the 2010 Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography for Anurag Kashyap’s Dev.D. In 2013, he won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography for Liar’s Dice directed by Geetu Mohandas.
DIRECTOR’S FILMOGRAPHY Rajeev made his directorial debut was the Malayalam film Annayum Rasoolum (2013), followed by Njan Steve Lopez in 2014. Kammatipaadam, his third directorial venture was released on 20 May 2016.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT “Kammatipaadam” tells a story of the transformation of a city and its people, from its lush green serene past, turned into a concrete jungle, through bloodshed and violence.