Athisayan theatrical poster
|Produced by||Gokulam Gopalan|
|Editing by||G. Murali|
|Distributed by||Sree Gokulam Movies|
Athisayan (Malayalam: അതിശയൻ) is a 2007 Malayalam science fiction film directed by Vinayan, starring Master Devadas, Jackie Shroff, Mukesh, Jayasurya and Kavya Madhavan in the lead roles. The film is inspired from the 2003 American superhero film Hulk. Athisayan marks the debut of Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff in Malayalam cinema. The film was dubbed and released in Hindi as Naya Ajooba in 2009.
Maya (Kavya Madhavan), a young television reporter works for New India Television. Radharamanan (Mukesh), the Managing Director of the channel has a fascination for Maya, who was brought up in an orphanage by Father Chanthakkadan (Thilakan). Maya herself takes up the responsibility of bringing up a few orphans, whom she has picked up from the streets. One of these kids is Devan (Master Devadas), who is sort of a child prodigy, with a computer-like mind and very good in studies and extra-curricular activities. R. C. Shekhar (Jackie Shroff, a scientist, lives very near their house, with his servant Damodaran (Harisree Ashokan). He is working on a project, which could help in making human beings invisible. On the very day that he successfully experiments his 'magic' potion on a rabbit, he is urgently called to the U.S as his daughter, who is studying there, meets with an accident.
Meanwhile Maya's friend and lover Roy (Jayasurya), who too had been a journalist, is in jail after having been framed in a murder case by some influential politicians including the State Revenue Minister Divakaran (Rajan P. Dev), another minister Yunus Kunju (Ramu), the Police Commissioner Shanmughan (Bheeman Raghu) and the very influential Kuwait Nazar (Devan). With the help of the newly-appointed Collector Anita Williams (Karthika), Maya shoots a video of these baddies accepting millions of rupees as commission from some Arab businessmen, who are there to sign some business deals with the State Government. Maya immediately goes to Radharamanan and shows him the clip. Radharamanan is thrilled and agrees to telecast it, after discussing it with the Board of Directors. Somehow Nazar, Divakaran and others come to know of this and they go after Maya, in order to get from her the memory card containing the clipping. On the very same day that R.C.Shekhar goes to the U.S, Maya is abducted by Nazar and group. The kids are baffled. Anita Williams, Father Chanthakkadan and Radharamanan know who are behind this, but nothing can be done without sufficient evidence. And then Devan, who had seen R.C. Shekhar conducting the experiment on the rabbit, steals into Shekhar's lab and drinks the potion. He becomes invisible and sets out to save Maya.
Devan did manage to save Maya, but due to the medicine overdose, he turns into a gigantic monster and has to leave Maya and the children and makes his abode in the deep ocean.
- Master Devadas as Devan
- Kavya Madhavan as Reporter Maya
- Jackie Shroff as Scientist Shekhar
- Mukesh as Managing Director Radharamanan
- Karthika as District Collector Anitha Williams
- Jagadish as News-reader Koshy
- Harisree Ashokan as Servant Damodaran
- Devan as Kuwait Nazar
- Thilakan as Fr. Chanthakkadan
- Jayasurya as Journalist Roy
- Ramu as Minister Yunus Kunju
- Rajan P. Dev as Revenue Minister Divakaran
- Bheeman Raghu as Inspector Shanmughan
- Guinnes Pakru
- Tini Tom
- Mala Aravindan as Judge
The shooting of the film was in Kerala, mainly in locations in Aluva and Ernakulam. The film was high on special effects, visual effects and 2D Animation. These special effects of Athisayan were done at EFX, Chennai.
Release and reception
Athisayan was released in Kerala during the summer vacation, on April 17, 2007, mainly aiming at children. The target audience of the film were school children, whom the makers of the film expected to come in large numbers to the watch the new superhero.
Athisayan was a failure at the box-office, despite the huge promotional activities prior to its release. The evident resemblance to Hulk and the comparison to this proved costly for the film. Also the family audience preferred films like Vinodayathra and Big B which released at the same time. The film received mainly negative reviews. It received a rating from Nowrunning.com. Metromatinee and Sify.com also gave mainly negative reviews to the film. The makers actually planned a sequel for the film, had Athisayan become the new superhero among children. The last scene of the film states that "Athisayan will come back to fight for justice". But with the poor response to the film at the box-office, these plans are dropped.
|Soundtrack album by Alphonse|
|Producer||Sree Gokulam Movies|
The music of Athisayan is by Alphonse. The lyrics are written by Vinayan and Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma. The film has four songs. The singers are Vineeth Sreenivasan, Rimi Tomy, Vidhu Prathap, Balu, Karthik and Sithara.
|2||"Ennomale"||Vineeth Sreenivasan, Rimi Tomy|
|4||"Athishayan (Kuttappanmaaraya)"||Vidhu Prathap, Balu|