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. It is expected to be released in Augst 2013.
Kalimannu Movie Song Lalee Lalee - Ft Shwetha Menon - FIRST VISUALS
Kalimannu Movie Song Lalee Lalee - Ft Shwetha Menon Kalimannu Film By Blessy , Produced by Thomas Thiruvalla
Lyrics ONV Kurup ,
Singers Sudeep Kumar, Mridula Warrier
Banner - Cherummuttadathu Films ,
Director - Blessy ,
Producer - Thomas Thiruvalla ,
Story And Script - Blessy ,
Cinematography - Satheesh Kurup ,
Editor - Raja Mohammad ,
Art Director - Prasanth Madhav ,
Makeup - Renjith Ambady ,
Costume Designer - Sameera Sanish , Stills - Anup Chacko
Designs - Collins.
Online Promotions - metromatinee.com
ControversiesThe delivery 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.
Kerala 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.
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."
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.
Kalimannu Malayalam Movie Story
The crew stayed in the hospital for nearly a week and a footage lasting for twenty minutes was shot from the delivery room.