Dulquer Salmaan’s production Maniyarayile Ashokan gears up for OTT release!
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent closure of theatres, filmmakers are now keen to release their films in OTT platforms. However, in Malayalam film industry, there is still stiff opposition against OTT release from many corners. Despite that, certain filmmakers are already in talks with leading streaming platforms.
It is learnt that Dulquer Salmaan’s upcoming production ‘Maniyarayile Ashokan’ will be releasing in Netflix. Though the makers are yet to officially announce it, talks in social medias suggest that film will be premiering on August 31.
Starring Jacob Gregory in the lead, ‘Maniyarayile Ashokan’ is said to be a fun rom-com set in a rural backdrop. Anupama Parameswaran, Anu Sithara, Shritha Sivadas, Nayana Elza, Shine Ton Chacko and Krishna Shankar are also part of the supporting cast.
Debutant Shamsu Zayba is directing the film and it is scripted by Vineeth Krishnan. Camera is cranked by Sajad Kakku and music department is handled by Sreehari K Nair. Appu N Bhattathiri is editing the film. Dulquer Salmaan is producing it along with Gregory. The film was supposed to hit screens earlier this year, but due to the virus outbreak, the release had to be postponed.
Meanwhile, the Film Exhibitors United Organisation of Kerala (FEUOK) have stated they will not be co-operating with those who are opting for OTT platforms directly before theatrical release. The Anto Joseph production ‘Kilometers & Kilometers’ has however been given an exemption as they claim that the movie has been affected by piracy. The film starring Tovino Thomas will be out soon on Hostar + Disney and is also likely to have its television premiere in Asianet for Onam.
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