Thalappavu, directed by actor Madhupal, is said to be the screen adaptation of the life story of the Naxalite Varghese who tried to organize the working class of the Wayanad tea and coffee estates in the 70's. Varghese went missing and the police kept mum about the incident until a policeman came forward in the late 90s, saying that he was part of the team who captured and killed Varghese. Prithvi is said to be a Left sympathizer in real life and has acted almost free for this low-budget movie. Lal, Manianpillai Raju, Rohini and Jagathy are the other actors in this film.
Thirakkatha, on the other hand, with Prithvi playing the role of a budding director in the 80's and his struggles, is directed by Akber Ahmed. It recounts the inside story of the glamorous world of cinema. Priyamani plays the role of an actress. The film is produced by Varnachitra Subair and Capital Theatres.
Both producers seem to be determined that they will release both films on the same date. Which one gets the approval of the audience remains to be seen.