The movie is an adaptation of famous Malayalam writer K.P. Ramanunni's first novel 'Sufi Paranja Katha' which won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award and Edasseri award. Set in the backdrop of the early nineteenth century of Northern Kerala, Sufi Paranja Katha narrates the fascinating story of the subtle relationships that existed between Hindu and Muslim families.
The movie evolves around the inter-religious marriage between a Muslim and a Hindu, Mammootty and Karthy. Karthy belongs to a Nair family (Melepullarath Tharavad). Though converted to Islam, Karthy is unable to resist the primeval tug of her original religion. The theme of the film is that no one is free from his cultural heritage of generations, irrespective of the religion that one is born into or chooses.
Bengali actress Sharbhani Mukherjee is the heroine. 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 U.S-based Silicon Media, the movie is expected to be released by Vishu next year.
Sufi Paranja Katha (What the Sufi Said), the third venture of director Priyanandanan, who recently won the best feature film award for Pulijanmam at the National Film Awards 2006, will start shooting from 7th December.