Nivin Pauly’s Thuramukham to have its world premiere at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam
The Rajeev Ravi-Nivin Pauly film ‘Thuramukham’ is all set to have its world premiere at the prestigious International Film Festival of Rotterdam (IFFR). It is also among the 15 films selected for the Big Screen Competiton section. Scripted by Gopan Chidambaram, the film is based on the historic protests against the inhuman ‘chappa’ system, that existed during the 1940s wherein copper coins were thrown at waiting workers in a primitive work guarantee scheme, which had resulted in police firing and killing of three workers in Mattancherry. The story is centered around the Cochin harbour and the lives of coastal people in the 40s.
As per the premise given in the IFFR wesbite, the film is about two brothers who are on opposing sides in the epic struggle of daily labourers against dock bosses in 1940s Southern India. Nivin Pauly and Arjun Ashokan are said to be playing the two brothers. Joju George, Indrajith Sukumaran, Nimisha Sajayan, Darshana Rajendran, Arjun Ashokan, Poornima Indrajith, Sudev Nair and Manikandan R Achari will be seen in important roles. The film is produced by Sukumar Thekkeppat of Mini Studio.
Apart from ‘Thuramukham’, Tamil film ‘Kadaisi Vivasayi’ aka ‘The Last Farmer’ directed by ‘Kakka Muttai’ fame Manikandan is also competing in the Big Screen Competition section at IFFR. The winner, determined by an audience jury, will receive the VPRO Big Screen Award and will be presented during the festival in February. Another Tamil film, ‘Koozhangal’ aka ‘Pebbles’ is part of the Tiger Competition section. Debutant PS Vinothraj is directing the film. Actress Nayanthara and her filmmaker boyfriend Vignesh Shivan are presenting the film.