There’s more from Kammattipaadam, confirms Geetu Mohandas at IFFK
Rajeev Ravi’s second directorial Kammattipaadam is one of the most talked about Malayalam movies of this decade. It was nothing like what we have seen previously in Malayalam cinema. It was a coming of age gangster flick, but not the run-of-the-mill kind. The movie was about friendship, betrayal, discrimination and the politics of survival. It showcased the hard-hitting reality of how Kochi city was urbanized on the grounds of Kammattipadam.
Soon after its release in May, last year, the movie attained a cult status among the cinephiles of the state. The politics it discussed and the extraordinary performances of the lead actors were widely talked about. Vinayakan and debutant Manikandan Achari overshadowed lead actor Dulquer Salmaan with their stellar performances as Ganga and Balan. And, they deservingly won last year’s Kerala State Award for best actor and second actor respectively.
Ever since the release of Kammattipaadam, fans have been enquiring about when the movie’s uncut version would be released. Rajeev Ravi’s wife and actress-turned-filmmaker Geetu Mohandas finally confirmed that more footage from the movie will be released very soon.
At the ongoing IFFK, where her movie Liar’s Dice is being screened, Geetu was asked about Kammattipaadam and she said that the 4 hr version will be released soon. She added that the extraordinary response from fans have inspired them to release the uncut version. Apparently, they were planning to release it a while back but could not as they were caught up with their own respective commitments.
It’s indeed a great news for all Kammattipaadam fans out there. Due to the runtime constraints and censor board rules, the makers had to chop off quite a few scenes. Like others, we are also waiting to watch the uncut version. Stay tuned to this space for more updates