‘Kudumbasree Travels’ narrates the tale of a fun-filled bus journey to Kochi.
The action takes place inside a bus named Kudumbasree Travels, where a whole lot of villagers sit with long faces, as they listen to the driver telling them that there is a problem with the engine. The camera captures their reaction and the shot is canned. It is the location for debutant director Kiran's film ‘Kudumbasree Travels’, the shoot of which is going on in a building at Kolenchery in Kochi.
“The film narrates the humourous story of a Chakyarkoothu artiste named Aravindan (Jayaram), who lives in a remote village called Chithirapuram. He has been in search of a suitable life-partner and finally finds his match in Aswathy (Bhavana), a Nangiarkoothu artiste hailing from a rich family in Kochi. A big group of Aravindan's friends and relatives set off on a bus journey to meet Aswathy and attend the wedding. It is quite an eventful journey and things take a different turn when a mysterious girl Sreedevi (Radhika) inadvertently boards the bus,” says Kiran, who had earlier directed a comic serial ‘Ettu Sundarikalum Njanum.' Kiran has written the script and screenplay of the film.
Cinematographer Murali Raman mounts the camera on a crane to get some close-up shots. Jagathy Sreekumar, Manianpillai Raju, Mamukoya, P. Sreekumar, KPAC Lalitha and Kalpana are also in the film.
Says Jayaram: “It was the script of the film, with comic situations aplenty, that attracted me to the role. Before films happened, I was a mimicry artiste and I know the ins and outs of performing on stage. Characters such as Aravindan remind me of my days on the stage.” To suit the role, Jayaram has a gone for a clean-shaven look.
Back to Mollywood
Bhavana, who has been away from Malayalam cinema for a brief period on account of her commitments in other languages, makes her return to Mollywood in this film.
‘Kudumbasree Travels' is being produced under the banner of Mythri Visuals. Lyrics by Vayalar Sarat Chandra Varma have been composed by Biji Bal. Still photographer is Jayaprakash Payyannur.