Sunday, August 18, 2013

Kalimannu (2013) Malayalam Movie will be released on 22nd August 2013

After too much controversies "Kalimannu" Blessy's Malayalam Movie is coming to Theaters on 22nd August 2013. വിവാദങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് വിട കളിമണ്ണ് 22ന് തിയറ്ററില്‍. Kalimannu is an upcoming Malayalam drama film written and directed by Blessy and starring Swetha Menon in the lead role. Inspired by the Puranic story of Abhimanyu and his mother Subhadra, the film portrays the relationship of the protagonist with her baby, before and after it is born. Swetha Menon's delivery was shot live on camera for the film.

Bollywood Dance Song of Sunil Shetty , Shwetha Menon - Badnaami Hogai  from Kalimannu

Malayalam Movies mark their entry into the world of Mobile apps through the Blessy directed movie Kalimannu. For the first time, a mobile app developed for a Malayalam movie offers free song downloads. The app is available for Android, Apple and Blackberry platforms. This App can be downloaded on Tablets as well. The app contains brief details of the movie songs, cast and crew photos, song sequences and links to Youtube videos. The other features of the app are the links to the film's official Face Book page and details of how to set CRBT codes for mobile users. More.

Lalee Lalee .... Kalimannu  Video Song Swetha Menon

Kalimannu Mollywood Film Controversies

The delivery Kalimannu filming caused a "culture shock" in Kerala. The debate began when Kerala Legislative Assembly Speaker G. Karthikeyan criticised Shwetha Menon for allowing her delivery to be captured live on camera. The speaker added that some years ago, a movie titled The Birth was screened at theatres across Kerala.

However the film was tagged as a medical movie, and so did not face any problem. Since Blessy is promoting Kalimannu as a commercial movie, it might have to face the heat since it might have a negative impact on the family audience. Karthikeyan also expressed his surprise why cultural and women’s rights organisations are not coming out against this.

A few days after Karthikeyan made his comments, BJP Mahila Morcha activists announced that they would stall the screening of the movie in Kerala, alleging that Shwetha Menon and Blessy are "exploiting motherhood for commercial purposes" by incorporating the actress's delivery.

Shobha Surendran, Mahila Morcha leader said at a press meet: "We urge the Censor Board and the state government not to allow its screening here. Otherwise, the activists of the Mahila Morcha will stall the film’s release.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy should intervene in the matter at the earliest and should bring in a law to prohibit such films, which infringe on the morality of the common people. As per the reports, it is learnt that the depiction of Shweta Menon’s motherhood in the movie is so objectionable that it offends the morality of all the right-thinking women.

കളിമണ്ണ് പ്രദര്‍ശിപ്പിക്കാം : ഹൈക്കോടതി

ബ്ലെസി സംവിധാനം ചെയ്ത കളിമണ്ണ് എന്ന ചിത്രത്തിന്റെ പ്രദര്‍ശനം തടയണമെന്ന് ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ട് സമര്‍പ്പിച്ച ഹര്‍ജി ഹൈക്കോടതി തള്ളി. ചിത്രത്തില്‍ സ്ത്രീത്വത്തെയോ മാതൃത്വത്തെയോ അപമാനിക്കുന്ന രംഗങ്ങള്‍ ഇല്ലെന്ന നിരീക്ഷണത്തോടെയാണ് കോടതി ഹര്‍ജി നിരാകരിച്ചത്. ആരുടെയെങ്കിലും മൗലിക അവകാശത്തെ ഹനിക്കുന്നതല്ല കളിമണ്ണ് എന്നും കോടതി ചൂണ്ടിക്കാട്ടി.

അഞ്ച് വനിതകള്‍ അടങ്ങിയ സെന്‍സര്‍ ബോഡ് ചിത്രം പരിശോധിച്ചതാണെന്നും കോടതി പറഞ്ഞു. കളിമണ്ണില്‍ പ്രധാന വേഷം അവതരിപ്പിക്കുന്ന ശ്വേതാ മേനോന്‍ സ്വന്തം ഇഷ്ടപ്രകാരമാണ് ചിത്രവുമായി സഹകരിച്ചതെന്ന് സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ കോടതിയെ അറിയിച്ചിരുന്നു. പീരുമേട് സ്വദേശി മാട സ്വാമിയാണ് ചിത്രത്തിനെതിരെ ഹൈക്കോടതിയെ സമീപിച്ചത്.

The movie is not only polluting the family values and the rich cultural heritage of ancient Bharata but also legitimising a woman’s efforts to sell her moral values for making money and attaining cheap publicity. I will not be surprised if she plans to deliver her second baby at a public place like festival venues as part of making money. This is totally unacceptable for the right-thinking society and if the director and crew go ahead with the release, they will have to face stiff resistance from the Kerala society."

The film was also condemned by the Kerala Film Exhibitors' Federation who said that they will boycott the movie if Blessy includes the delivery scene. Liberty Basheer, president of the federation, said, "We are concerned about the movie's content. If the director includes the delivery scene, we will definitely boycott it,"

However, the Film Employees' Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) was all support for director Blessy. Speaking to the media, B. Unnikrishnan, general secretary, FEFKA said, "The controversy is baseless. This is not the first time that a delivery is being canned. Moreover, we don't know how he has visualised it. There is a censor board which looks into such matters.

There are specific norms that have to be followed while portraying women in movies. If the board feels women are shown in a poor light, it will definitely censor it. Blessy is a director with a good track record. Let's just wait for the final output.

Shalabhamaai Video Song from Kalimannu Mollywood Movie - Biju Menon & Swetha Menon

Kalimannu Mollywood Movie Story 

The story of Kalimannu came into Blessy's mind during a trip to Dubai after completing Pranayam (2011). On his travel, a radiant thought flew in his mind, that of a baby in the womb talking to its mother. And the frame initiated the spark for a film that unfolds the relationship between a mother and her baby in the womb.

Non-definite scripting pattern was used for the film. Principal photography started even before the completion of scripting and casting. In order to cover various stages of pregnancy, the film was shot in different schedules, beginning on August first week.

The film was shot for many months, throughout Swetha's pregnancy.  Swetha's delivery was filmed in late September from a hospital in Mumbai where she was admitted. The crew stayed in the hospital for nearly a week and a footage lasting for twenty minutes was shot from the delivery room.

Swetha's husband, Blessy and two cinematographers for the film were present in the labour room after prior permission, with three cameras placed in the delivery room to capture the moment. It was for the first time an Indian film used the footages of a natural childbirth.

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