Thuramukham producer's next with newcomers titled Thuruth
Debutant Habeeb Muhamed will helm the film set on a fictional island
After Thuramukham, producer Sukumar Thekkepat has announced a new production titled Thuruth (Island), developed by a group of newcomers led by filmmaker Habeeb Muhamed, who will direct from a script he co-wrote with Tony Joy Manavalan. The former, who hasn't assisted anyone before, gained his filmmaking experience from short films.
Instead of the conventional approach of releasing a poster, the makers released a four-minute footage. The video gives viewers a taste of what to expect from the project. What's most impressive about the film is they shot it with money from their own pockets before Sukumar came on board. The film has cinematography by Nikhil Surendran and editing by Anandhu Chakravarthy.
"We felt that doing something like this would be a better way to pitch the concept to producers instead of just narrating it," says Habeeb. "We had pitched it to some other producers too, but only Sukumarettan showed interest. After he saw the footage, he said it should be released online, considering the efforts that went into it."
Habeeb assures the actual film will present a more refined form of what we saw in the video. They also plan to cast some established actors from Malayalam film to play some of the main characters. The film, he says, revolves around events happening on a fictional island. "It's a portrait of the local inhabitants' struggle against the system. Their place has seen no significant development for a long time. The events in the story are set in motion following attempts from certain corners to thwart their primary means of income."
Interestingly, Thuruth is not set in a specific era, a detail that Habeeb has deliberately omitted. "Since it's a story that can take place -- and is relevant -- in any period, I felt it was not necessary to include that piece of information," explains the Kodungallur native. "There are no heroes or villains, only grey characters. Both sides have their own justification for their actions. Though it can be called a thriller, the story explores the characters' lives in detail too."