Shane Nigam starrer Ullasam gets an OTT release date Malayalam Movie News
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- Berta Jain
- December 21, 2022
I don’t know how fear can be enjoyed in a collective format. You may not experience the same kind of emotion that you do when you have your earphones plugged in. I’m very happy that it was released on an OTT platform,” he says.
But the film that truly championed the horror genre through a new style of storytelling and sensational sound-effects was Fazil’s 1993-thriller Manichitrathazhu . Starring powerhouses like Shobana, Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Nedumudi Venu and Thilakan, the story was set in a haunted mansion where the spirit of a classical dancer comes alive. The film never once showed a ghost and yet it was able to send a chill down the spine. There was another key element to the film that gelled well with the paranormal – mental health. This came at a time when it was rarely discussed in popular discourse.
Shane Nigam, who has also produced the film, articulates the agonies and confusions of a man interrupted. Revathi, restrained and unfailingly impactful, is flawless as the mother who wages a war on lover/loser tattoo many fronts. Bhoothakaalam opens with a pre-credits sequence that establishes one crucial link that Asha and Vinu have with the past – an old, dementia-afflicted grandmother who needs 24X7 care.
The film had its worldwide premiere through SonyLIV on 21 January 2022 to widely critical acclaim. Revathi won her first Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film during a career spanning 39 years. ‘Ullasam’ was directed by Jeevan Jojo and the film was touted to be a full-length comedy entertainer with several feel-good elements. The film had the actress Pavithra Lakshmi as the female lead. The film hit the big screens on July 1 this year and had mostly mixed reactions from netizens although they hailed Shane Nigam’s terrific performance in the movie. Mollywood actor Shane Nigam is trying different roles nowadays and the recently released film ‘Ullasam’ brought out a cool and funny version of the ‘Bhoothakalam’ and ‘Kumbalangi Nights’ actor.
Until then, the popularity of OTT platforms was limited to the urban area and above the middle class. Due to the national lockdown, people were restricted from staying in the home and didn’t have many entertainment options. Screenplay in the film is done by director Rahul Sadasivan in association with Sreekumar Shreyas. New Delhi, Dec 19 ZEE5 on Monday announced the premiere of Tamil action thriller ‘Kaari’, on December 23. New Delhi, Dec 19 This Christmas, rekindle your sense of wonder with Zee Theatre as it brings two internationally acclaimed musicals to the small screen.
Revathi as a mother is seen concerned regarding her son, as he is behaving very strangely throughout the trailer, while Shane Nigam as her son, seems disturbed by some mysterious events. The jury was headed by filmmaker and screenwriter Saeed Akhtar Mirsa. No one understands me, Vinu says plaintively to his mom at a point where darkness has engulfed his soul. He is aware, he says, that he is seen only as “someone with a problem”. These words could well have been uttered by Asha, whose equations with her son have hit the skids and show no signs of a turnaround. Lack of understanding and communication is the reason why mother and son do not get along.
But where the script — written by Sreekumar Shreyas along with the director — succeeds in, is in injecting a sense of skepticism into the audience about what is going on-screen. Bhoothakaalam is the latest Malayalam film which has released on OTT Platform SonyLIV on January 21, 2022. This screen time of this horror film is around 1 hour 45 minutes. Compelling actress Revathi is on a roll these days, what with several of her projects releasing in 2021. There was the hard-hitting Itlu Amma that released on SonyLIV.
The atmosphere, as Sadasivan testifies, is critical to the mood and the pace of the film. There’s palpable tension between Asha and Vinu; they both feel they are not heard or understood. The setting was ideal for the director to rein in the horror.
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