It is a day in the life of five friends from different backgrounds who meet in a resort deep in the remote forest to spend a off day. They have only one aim - to enjoy life for a day far from the hassles. So they drink and get into heated discussions on everything from politics to caste and the male attitude towards women. The presence of a female aggravates the situation further. To endthe boredom, they decide to play a game - which they played as kids. However, the game gets out of their hands.
Thus develops Ozhivudivasathe Kali (An Off-Day Game) directed by Sanalkumar Sasidharan based on a short story by celebrated writer R Unni. Director-producer Ashique Abu will present the award-winning to the Kerala Screens.
Though it has the build up of a ‘buddy film’ in a novel format, eschewing the award tag - it was adjudged the best film in Kerala State Film Awards 2015- is the biggest liability that the director faces while taking his second film, after the award-winning Oraalpokkam, to the theatres.
“It is a tragedy that people have a wrong notion about the so-called art films that they are drab and boring. They cannot be blamed entirely on this. Many of our award-winning movies were formulae movies just like commercial movies that were made on certain formulae. I can assure you that Ozhivudivasathe Kali is not a conventional film which will make you sleep. It is definitely a film that will engage you. Of course, it has a critical eye on the society,” asserts the director.
If Sanal had some novel ideas like cinema vandi (cinema cab) to screen his first film across the state, he wanted this one to have a proper release.
“Oraal Pokkam had some 100 screenings at various parts of the state in addition to the release in selected theatres. Theatre is the home of cinema. There is no point in keeping the film within a closed circle as it defeats our aim of film making.
The film should reach more people. We have good response from many who runs theatres who consider the film as a potential hit. This is evident from the interest shown by Ashique Abu and other friends towards it,” he says.The 105 minute film will hit the 25 screens across the state on Friday.