'Jallianwala Bagh is not about campus politics'
...says director Abhinesh Appukuttan, whose debut film is set inside a college hostel and explores the events happening there
Maradona and Kammattipadam actor Shalu Rahim will be seen next in debutant Abhinesh Appukuttan's Jallianwala Bagh. The film is set inside a college hostel and explores the events happening there.
"The story's focus is more on the hostel than the actual campus," says Abhinesh, who also penned the script. "The hostel sees a mix of people from different cultures and communities. Our film will take an in-depth look at the lives and struggles of the inmates. We even have some blind students in the story. We are not, however, interested in the typical humour and drinking scenes. This is something else entirely. We hope to make some statements through the film."
On choosing the title, the filmmaker explains, "The Jallianwala Bagh incident was a turning point in the freedom struggle. The events in our film are provoked by a small incident, and a similar struggle results. This is not about campus politics."
Apart from Shalu Rahim, Anwar Sherif and Sudhi Koppa appear in supporting roles. "Shalu plays a student from a particular district. He is an outsider, and this is a story about outsiders and how they are looked at differently. But it's also about how they come together when something happens," adds Abhinesh.
A promo song from the film was launched by Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi recently. The team has wrapped up the first schedule and the second schedule is about to begin soon. Linto Thomas and Prince Hussain are producing under the banner of Stories and Thoughts Productions. Sajid Nazer is handling the cinematography and Raymond Derrick Crasta the editing, while Manikandan Ayyappa is in charge of the music.