Sufi Paranja Katha (What the Sufi said), the third venture of director Priyanandanan, began on December 7th in Ottappalam, Palakkad. Priyanandanan was honoured with the best feature film award for his second venture Pulijanmam at the recent National Film Awards.
An adaptation of famous Malayalam writer K.P. Ramanunni's first novel with the same title (which won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award and Edasseri award), the film is set in Northern Kerala in the early nineteenth century. Sufi Paranja Katha is the fascinating story of the subtle relationships existing between Hindu and Muslim families during that period.
The plot develops around the marriage between Mammootty, a Muslim, and Sharbani Mukherjee, a Hindu. Karthy (Sharbani Mukherjee) hails from a Nair family and converts to Islam after marriage. But she is still unable to resist the customs and longings of her original religion. The message of Sufi Paranja Katha? No one is free from his or her cultural heritage of generations, irrespective of the religion that one chooses in adulthood.
Other cast members include Babu Antony, Innocent, Jagathy, Mullanezhi, Thambi Antony, Indrans, Mala Aravindan, Vineeth Kumar, Manikandan, Samvritha and Sona Nair. Script and dialogues are handled by the novelist himself, while camera is by Hari Nair. Produced by Kayal Films in association with US-based Silicon Media, the movie is expected to be released by Vishu next year.