Jayaram, who is currently basking in the success of his last released movie Nadan, is on a high. His next movie Swapaanam, which is yet to be released, had its global premiere at Mall of the Emirates during the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) at 8 pm on December 8.
Swapaanam was the first Malayalam movie to get its
first screening outside India. Jayaram is donning the role of
chenda artist (drummer) in this movie that he occasionally takes up
in real life too. Swapaanam depicts the tragic life of
Unni, a temple percussionist. Unni's passion for the chenda takes
him through forbidden territories, challenging traditional
The rest of the cast include Siddique, Sajitha Madhathil,
Vineeth and Bengali actress Kadambari, who plays the lead female
character, Nalini, a Mohiniyattam dancer. Shaji N Karun, who is the
director of the film, is best known for his award-winning films
Piravi, Vanaprastham and Kutty
In Swapaanam, a Mohiniyattam dancer will be seen
matching her steps to the beats of a chenda, instead of the
traditional edakka. Shaji said that chenda as a percussion
instrument has some unique characteristics. She said, "It is the
only drum that can be orchestrated as symphony of music with over
150 such instruments. Chenda Melam and Thayambaka are concerts on
drumbeats and a unique interpretation of loudness. There is no such
classical realisation to compare."
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In the movie, Unni and Nalini are drawn to each other by an
affection that transcends the devotion to their respective art
forms. The pulse of their passion cannot hold up against the
hardships of Unni's life. A brother and a father figure, whose love
sours to jealousy and hatredness; a wife who despises his drumming
and a mother from whom the truth about his birth is not forthcoming
all hasten the tempo of a mental imbalance rooted in Unni's
childhood to an inevitable dark end.
Swapaanam is produced under the banner of Horizon Entertainment. The script has been written by Harikrishnan and Sajeev Pazhoory. Saji Nair has wielded the camera for the film and the music has been composed by Sreevalsan J Menon. Lyrics are by Manoj Kuroor. Chenda maestros PD Namboodiri, Udayan Namboodiri, Eswaran Unni and a host of talented and well-known chenda players also appear in the film.