'Chilappol Penkutty is intended for girls and their parents'
...says director Prasad Nooranad, who after 15 years in the television industry, is debuting with this feature film
Despite safety measures and legal surveillance, atrocities against women are on the rise, irrespective of their age. The vulnerability of women in modern society is reflected in Prasad Nooranad's film Chilappol Penkutty.
Prasad, who has been active as a director in the Malayalam television industry for more than 15 years, makes films which simultaneously deal with social issues and the victims who fall prey to society's actions. Chilappol Penkutty is one such film which starts with the Kathua incident in which an eight-year-old girl was brutally raped and murdered. “My film sheds light on the monstrosities committed towards women and is intended for girls and their parents. It focuses on how a victim feels when the incident is discussed in social media. The film also shows how the victim's friend comes to her rescue when she goes through a difficult situation," he says.
Prasad has also directed several popular television serials. Kunjedathi, his short film based on ONV Kurup’s poem, had received rare reviews from all quarters. He says, “This is my first full-length feature film. Even though the theatre was my first love, I had always wanted to make movies. For more than six years, I was waiting for an opportunity to direct a film. The time arrived when my film enthusiastic friends decided to join me in my pursuit."
Shot in three different locations such as Kashmir, Kayamkulam, and Vagamon, a year's worth of effort went into making the film. He says, “I always had the story with me but was waiting to highlight this subject in the best way possible. I've cast newcomers who make it more interesting.”
Krishnachandran, Sunil Sugatha, Aristo Suresh, Dileep Shankar, Suneesh Chunakkara, Sharath, Priya Rajeev, Shruthi Rajanikanth, Jalaja and Naushad play major roles in the film, which is scripted by M Kamaruddin. The songs are written by Rajeev Alunkal and tuned by Ajay Sarigama. With cinematography by Sreejith G Nair, the film is produced by Suneesh Chunakkara under the banner of Truline Production.