Malayalam movie Kanyaka Talkies, directed by national award-winning documentary filmmaker KR Manoj, has been selected in the competition section of the 15th Mumbai International Film Festival, to be held from October 17 to 24. The film was chosen for the India Gold section by a jury chaired by eminent director Shyam Benegal. It would also be presented at the Mumbai film mart, where select films from the country are introduced to global film distributing companies.
Actor and script-writer Murali Gopi, actress Lena and noted theatre artistes have played prominent roles in the film. Manoj's documentary A Pestering Journey had won the national award for best investigative film in 2010. The movie revolves around a B-grade talkies of the 80s and 90s. It's about a theater owner's plight; and how his life goes for a toss as he puts his heart and soul into running the theater.
Ponmudi, Mahabalipuram and Dhanushkodi were the major locations of Kanyaka Talkies. The film used live recording technology. National Award winner M Harikumar was the location recordist and boom man while US based Rajeevan Iyyapan did the sound designing