Prime Video on Monday announced the exclusive premiere of the Malayalam survival thriller, Malayankunju, starring Fahadh Faasil. The announcement was made on the actor’s birthday.
Directed by Sajimon Prabhakar, the film stars Fahadh Faasil, Rajisha Vijayan and Indrans in key roles. Malayankunju is an emotional survival story about a man caught in a landslide. Written by Mahesh Narayanan, the film also marks AR Rahman’s comeback to Mollywood after a three-decade hiatus. Prime Video members in India and in 240 countries and territories will be able to watch the film from August 11, 2022.
Malayankunju follows the journey of Ani (Fahad), a cranky electronic engineer who lives a quiet life with his mother. His daily routine is thrown into disarray when his neighbor’s newborn baby stirs up unwanted memories of his past. A person of many shades, Anil’s bond with the baby, and his struggles to survive under the rubble of a violent landslide form the core of the narrative. ‘Malayankunju’ is Fahad’s first major release after the huge success of Vikram. Shot 40 feet underground, the film has surreal sequences that take an ordinary survival story to another level.
“Malayankunju is one of the toughest films I’ve made to date. The second half of the film is set 40 feet underground, so we had to create a set where we had to crouch and crawl,” Fahadh Faasil continues, “Malayalam cinema hasn’t seen a film like this in a while, and I’m glad that audiences and critics appreciated our efforts. Our industry is loved by a global audience and we look forward to my fourth collaboration with Prime Video following CU Soon, Joji and Malik. I look forward to ‘Malayankunju’ reaching a large audience through this streaming platform and can’t wait to hear from new audiences.”
For his part, Sajimon Prabhakar adds: “Malayankunju is a compelling story and Fahadh is brilliant at it. The film follows a man’s journey and how he is affected when nature interferes in his life. The biggest challenge for the crew was creating a set that would emulate underground space, and the team worked day and night to create a 40-foot set in a way that only one person could stand move, combined with an actual location make it look seamless. Despite the difficult circumstances, Fahadh gave a wonderful performance that was applauded by cinephiles. Now we look forward to understanding how audiences around the world will react to this gripping thriller.”