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Aakashagopuram: Malayalam's first international film

It is a common practice in Indian films to involve a foreign cameraman or a foreign makeup artist or stuntman to label the film as "international collaboration". Mohanlal starrer Aakashagopuram is a good example, it brings together the best of talents from Hollywood, UK, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam film industries.

Shot entirely in various locations in the UK by cinematographer Santosh C. Thundiyil of Krrish, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Pinjar and Kaal, Aakashagopuram is the film adaptation of Henrik Ibsen"s classic play 'The Master Builder', which was first performed in Berlin on January 19, 1893. This first international movie in Malayalam is directed by National award winning director K.P. Kumaran. It stars Mohanlal, Bharat Gopi, Sreenivasan, Swetha Menon, Manoj K. Jayan, Geethu Mohandas and Nithya.

The music has been scored by BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Emmy Award-winning British soundtrack composer John Altman (who set music for Golden Eye, Titanic, Bhaji On The Beach and Shall We Dance). The sound design has been done by Nigel Holland of Batman Begins, Braveheart and Resident Evil.

Rerecording mixers are Robert Farr (Star Wars: Episode II&III and Gangs Of New York) and Matthew Gough (Harry Potter Prisoner Of Azkaban and Cold Mountain). The visual effects have been done by John Harvey and Jonathan Trussler of Kingdom of Heaven.

Aakashagopuram will be released nationwide on August 22, 2008. Produced by Manu S. Kumaran, the film is released by Medient Corporation PLC, a multinational film production company run by a team of globally-renowned producers with a combined credit list of over 200 feature films. Medient operates in all key film markets across the globe.

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