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
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.
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.