Indian filmmaker Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran has completed the post-production of his latest work, the Malayalam language film Adrishya Jalakangal (Invisible Windows).
The film is headlined by Tovino Thomas, star of Netflix superhero film Minnal Murali, Nimisha Sajayan (The Great Indian Kitchen) and Indrans (Home). It examines events that occur when a window opens for an individual into a metaphysical realm that exists beyond human reality. The music is by two-time Grammy winner Ricky Kej.
Damodaran, popularly known as Dr. Known as Biju, is well known at Indian and international film festivals. His films have won three awards at India’s National Film Awards. International awards include Veyilmarangal (Trees Under The Sun, 2019), which won one of the top prizes in Shanghai, and Painting Life (2018), the Critics’ Award in Oporto.
Adrishya Jalakangal is produced by Ellanar Films (upcoming immigrant drama ‘Minimum’), Mythri Movie Makers (producers of 2021 Indian greatest hits ‘Pushpa’) and Tovino Thomas Productions.
“’Adrishya Jalakangal’ is an anti-war film with a multi-layered structure and surrealistic treatment set in an imaginary space. The script has a strong social focus, touching on many different aspects and elements of society related to the notion of war,” Damodaran said diversity. “The film intensely explores many emotions and situations such as life, death, fear, hope, helplessness, love, hate, dreams and sanity, with a special focus on those neglected by a deeply divided and hierarchical society.”
Thomas tells diversity: “The collaboration with Dr. Biju felt long overdue more than anything because we had been in talks about a movie together just before the pandemic. Now when it happened, I felt like I had to wait – part of a Dr. to be Biju Films. I really enjoyed playing through the longer takes and his style of filmmaking. It’s a balance I always try to keep in my portfolio; Being part of artistic cinema while the mainstream projects are also happening. I try to make each of my characters unique and this one has probably the most unique nature ever. It’s also been a pleasure to work with production houses like Ellanar Films and Mythri Movie Makers who are constantly trying to break the mold and bring something new to the audience, which is something I’ve always strived for in my films.”
Producers include Radhika Lavu, Naveen Yerneni and Ravi Shankar, with Jayashree Lakshminarayanan serving as Associate Producer.
“At Ellanar Films, we’ve always believed that the more personal a film, the more universal its appeal. We are very proud to present a deeply meditative and experimental film that seeks to bridge the gap between fiction and reality through a very honest examination of society, life and death in our time,” said Lavu diversity. “It is a great time for ‘glocal’ cinema to thrive and we are delighted to present a very Indian yet international film that has something unique and powerful to say to every person around the world. We work with global talents who have consistently pushed the greatest boundaries through their art, and we are confident that this is a film that will act as a reflective lens and “window” for curious minds and film lovers around the world. ”
Adrishya Jalakangal is aiming for an A-list festival spot in 2023.
https://variety.com/2022/film/global/tovino-thomas-bijukumar-damodaran-adrishya-jalakangal-1235473048/ Tovino Thomas directs anti-war film “Invisible Windows”