Arabikkatha (lit. 'Arabian tale') is a 2007 Indian Malayalam-language satirical-drama film directed by Lal Jose and written by Ikbal Kuttipuram. The film was a critical and commercial success in India and the United Arab Emirates. It deals with differences within the Communist movement, and was produced against a background of real-life splits in the ruling Communist Party in Kerala state, India.
|Directed by||Lal Jose|
|Produced by||Hassan Sainullabdeen|
|Written by||Dr. Iqbal Kuttippuram|
|Edited by||Ranjan Abraham|
|Distributed by||Balaji Movies|
|15 July 2007|
The film narrates the story of "Cuba" Mukundan (Sreenivasan). He is a staunch leftist who lives for the movement. Machinations of a corrupt politician Karunan (Shivaji Guruvayoor) who perceives Mukundan as a threat to his political career force Mukundan to take up a job in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Even in Dubai, he finds that Kunjunny Muthalaly (Jagathy Sreekumar) who was in league with Karunan is in Dubai, exploiting the helpless labourers who migrate to the Persian Gulf region, performing menial jobs and physical labor in order to support their families back home. He has always had a soft corner for People's Republic of China as a result of his leftist leanings and when he meets Zhang Chu Min (Zhang Chu Min), a Chinese girl, she quickly finds a special place in his heart as she symbolizes China to him. Later even after realising that she is an anti communist and is there to make money for the treatment of her boyfriend who fought against the Chinese Government, he gives her his earnings saying a communist never keeps money more than his requirements. Mukundan, with the help of his friends Anwar (Indrajith Sukumaran), Maya (Samvrutha Sunil), and Karim (Salim Kumar), exposes the machinations of Karunan and Kunjunny Muthalaly. Finally Mukundan returns home to work for the political cause which has been his life and love.
The movie depicts Mukundan who lives in rural Kerala being catapulted into Dubai, the gleaming world of commerce and industry that gives employment opportunity to workers from Kerala. Mukundan who finds himself in present society where sticking to any ideology without any compromises is perceived as something of an anachronism.
- Sreenivasan as Sakhavu "Cuba" Mukundan
- Indrajith as Anwar
- Sadiq as Abbas
- Jayasurya as Sidharthan
- Zhang Shu Mi as Zhang Chu Min
- Samvrutha Sunil as Maya
- Salim Kumar as Karim
- K. T. C. Abdullah as Abdullah "Ikka"
- Shivaji Guruvayoor as Sakhavu Karunan
- Jagathy Sreekumar as Kunhunni "Mothalali"
- Nedumudi Venu as "Society" Gopalan, Mukundan's father
- Moideen Koya as Vishwam Kathalikkadu
- Atlas Ramachandran as "Coat" Nambiar
- Kozhikode Narayanan Nair as Ravunni Mash
- Suraj Venjaramood as James
- Augustine as Varghese
- Satheesh Menon as Pakistani Supervisor
- Manikandan Pattambi
Arabikkatha's songs and background score are composed by Bijibal, who made his debut through this film. The lyrics were written by Anil Panachooran, who was also a debutant. The music album has 7 songs:
|1||"Thirike Njan"||Dr. K. J. Yesudas|
|2||"Tharakaramalarukal"||Vineeth Sreenivasan, Sujatha Mohan|
|3||"Thaane Paadum Veene"||Rajeev Kodampally, Soumya T. R.|
|4||"Chora Veena"||Anil Panachooran|
The film was both commercial and critical success.
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- "Sreenivasan roped in for Lal Jose's next". The Times of India. 16 December 2017.