Director Salim Ahamed’s Kunjananthante Kada is about a small-time shopkeeper in Kannur and his attempt to find his own place in a rapidly changing world.
After narrating the heart-wrenching tale of an elderly couple’s yearning to go on the Haj pilgrimage in Adaminte Makan Abu, National Award-winning writer-director Salim Ahamed is back with Kunjananthante Kada. The film features Mammootty in the lead.
“Kunjananthan (Mammootty) leads a simple, quiet life in a village in Kannur. He is attached to his provision store, which was run by his late father. Kunjananthan chooses to express his thoughts on social issues through posters that he tacks to street walls, late at night after he downs the shutters of his shop and heads for home,” says the director.
“Also, when it comes to his marriage, Kunjananthan believes that he has got on the wrong bus from which he is somehow unable to hop off. He is aware that the bus is going in the wrong direction, but he just continues with the journey,” adds Salim.
West Asia- based Radio Jockey Nyla Usha dons the role of Kunjanathan’s wife, Chithira, who works as a collection agent for a cooperative bank.
The story of Kunjananthante Kada is set in and around the Mattannur-Iritty area of Kannur and the characters speak in the local dialect. “It’s a story of real people facing real issues,” says Salim.
He adds that the film will be enjoyable for all. “I want my films to be interesting for every section of the audience and both Adaminte Makan Abu and Kunjananthante Kada have been paced in such a way to attract all. Adaminte Makan Abu won recognition at the national and international levels and the film was received favourably at the theatres too. That goodwill helped me in marketing the new film,” he says. Kunjananthante Kada
Produced under the banner of Allens Media, the film has cinematography by Madhu Ambat. Oscar-winner Resul Pookutty has designed the sound. Isaac Thomas Kottukappilly has composed the background score and M. Jayachandran has composed the songs. The cast includes Balachandra Menon, Siddique, Salim Kumar, and some theatre artistes.
Salim is already busy with his next film, one that explores the history of the immigration of Malayalis to the ‘Gulf’ during the last 40 years.