Staff Reporter

Makers of the film are happy about it being widely discussed in the media.

Kozhikode: ‘Arabikatha’ is an interesting film. It is definitely one of the better movies the mainstream Malayalam cinema has come up with of late. It is also turning out to be the surprise hit of the season. The film deserves its success.

“Though we were confident that the film would do well at the box office, the collections have exceeded our expectations,” said Iqbal Kuttippuram, who wrote the screenplay of the film. He was speaking at a Meet-the-Press programme at the Press Club here on Tuesday.

He said he was glad that the film was widely being discussed in the media and by the people across the State. “Till now, I was accused of writing stories or screenplays of films only about the youth. ‘Arabikatha’ is my attempt to break out of that image.”

And he has succeeded. Director Lal Jose turned the script into an enjoyable and thought-provoking film. And Sreenivasan is so perfectly cast in the role of Cuba Mukundan that you cannot think of any other actor to portray the Leftist party worker who devotes his life to the cause.

“It was to Sreenivasan that I had first told the story of ‘Arabikatha’,” said Mr. Iqbal. “And it was his excitement to do the film that encouraged me. He also made some suggestions, which, of course helped the movie.”

Mr. Iqbal said he was involved in politics as a student. “I have always been a sympathiser of Left politics and this film is definitely not against the party. It is about how some people in the party lose their moral values. I haven’t tried to portray any leaders in the contemporary Left politics,” he added.

The film’s producer, Hussain, said he was a bit apprehensive about the film’s fate at the box office. “I had no wish to make a lot of money out of it, but I am glad that it is doing very well,” he said. “I had always wanted to make my first film with Sreenivasan and had also told him that. One day, he called me up and asked me if I was particular that only he should direct. I told him that I didn’t mind as long Sreenivasan trusted the director. He said that Mr. Iqbal had written a script and Lal Jose would direct the film. And that was the time when Lal Jose’s ‘Classmates’ had become a hit, so I agreed to produce the film.” Looks like he won’t have to regret.

More In: KERALA | NATIONAL