Aravindante Athidhikal

Aravindante Athidhikal (transl. Aravindan's Guests) is a 2018 Indian Malayalam-language comedy-drama film directed by M. Mohanan and produced by Pradeep Kumar Pathiyara and co-produced by Noble Babu Thomas under the studios Pathiyara Entertainments and Big Bang Entertainments, respectively. The film stars Vineeth Sreenivasan, Sreenivasan and Nikhila Vimal. This film is credited as the 200th film of Sreenivasan.[1][2] Swaroop Philip handled the cinematography and Ranjan Abraham was the editor.[3] Urvashi and Shanthi Krishna plays other important roles.[4][5]

Aravindante Athidhikal
Aravindante Athidhikal film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byM. Mohanan
Produced byPradeep Kumar Pathiyara
Noble Babu Thomas
Written byRajesh Raghavan
StarringVineeth Sreenivasan
Sreenivasan
Nikhila Vimal
Urvashi
Music byShaan Rahman
CinematographySwaroop Philip
Edited byRanjan Abraham
Production
company
Pathiyara Entertainments
Big Bang Entertainments
Distributed byKalasangham Films (India)
Phars Films (GCC)
Omega Movies (United States and Canada)
Release date
  • 27 April 2018 (2018-04-27)
Running time
122 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

The film was released on 27 April 2018 and received critical acclaim. The film was a commercial success at box office.[6] The film completed its 100-day run in theatres on 5 August 2018.[7] The film won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Choreography at the 49th Kerala State Film Awards. Aravindante Athidhikal went on to win four awards at the Kerala Kaumudi Flash Movies Awards 2018, including Most Popular Film, Most Popular Actress for Nikhila Vimal, Most Popular Supporting Actor for Aju Varghese and Second Most Popular Director. Vineeth Sreenivasan and Nikhila Vimal won the Best Star Pair Award at the Vanitha Film Awards 2019.

PlotEdit

The story develops at the premises surrounding the Mookambika Temple. A five year old boy Aravindan was abandoned by his mother on a Navarathri day of the year 1996 at Mookambika Lakshmi Devi’s Sanctum. He is taken care by hotelier Madhavan. He grows up to be a caretaker of the hotel with interests in arts and social service. However, under his cheerful personality he is keenly longing for his mother and have not viewed the deity once since his mother left him.

Varada, an uptight Bharatanatyam student with her family comes to Mookambika temple to mark her beginning in career as a dancer. They stay at Madhavan's lodge. Varada undergoes an accident and is forced to stay and rest at the lodge and thereby she gets to know Aravindan better. He also gets her a chance to choreograph a video album. Varada reveals that it is her passion to study under the famous danseuse Janaki Subramanyam and Aravindan arranges a meeting with Janaki, knowing her personally and also arranges Varada to study under Janaki in Kumbakonam.

Understanding Aravindan's undying hope to see his mother someday, Varada makes it her mission to find Aravindan's mother. As a painter Aravindan has drawn out his early childhood memories and Varada uses it to find clues to the whereabouts of Aravindan's mother. Janaki reveals to Varada that for a new dance show in the U.S, the theme would be motherhood, which makes Varada suspicious as her previous themes were based on Faith and Love. Varada finds out from a student that Janaki was married at a very young age and also had a son. She left her husband as he forced her to stop dancing. Whereabouts about her son are unknown. Varada finds clues from Janaki's past in Udupi, where Aravindan is supposed to hail from. She invites him to reveal this matter and is saddened to find out that he is not Janaki's son, he reveals that Janaki's actual son is in the U.S and she just does not share her personal life publicly. Varada is still determined and with help from some of her friends and Rasheed, searches the whole of Udupi tracing out the pincodes from the drawings and gets to know from a Government office that his birth was registered, and his mother is Geetalakshmi and father is Dr. Balakrishnan. They then trace out the house that they used to rent and an old postman reveals that Balakrishnan had abandoned them, and Geetalakshmi was a nursing student, who after leaving the place sent the rental dues as money order later on. Varada discovers that Geetalakshmi is married now to another family and is not willing to take back her son, even though she is resentful about leaving him at a Children's home (from where Aravindan strays away in search of his mother) before leaving for home, as she was then a student from a low class family and whose parents refused to accept that she has a child.

The story climaxes when Geetalakshmi visits Mookambika with her family in secret search for Aravindan and making it possible for Aravindan to see the Mookambika Goddess for the first time with his mother while Varada is performing her debutante dance.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Writer Rajesh Raghavan first thought about the film after completing his previous venture Vaadhyar.[8] He visualized Aravindan's character and started writing the script for the film. Before writing the script, Rajesh had already decided the cast.[9] With the help of a production controller and a project coordinator he approached director M. Mohanan who found the script interesting and agreed to make it as a film.[8] Rajesh said that this script took him the longest period to write and he enjoyed every bit in writing it.[8]

In October 2017, the film was officially tilted Aravindante Athidhikal and M. Mohanan confirmed that Vineeth Sreenivasan will be playing the lead role, after completing Vineeth's ongoing project Aana Alaralodalaral.[10] Vineeth plays Aravindan who is a lodge manager.[3] The film was reported to be produced by Pradeep Kumar under the banner of Pathiyara Entertainment. Mohanan's usual collaborator Ranjan Abraham was confirmed as the film editor. Instead of his regular cinematographer P. Sukumar and music director M. Jayachandran, he chose Swaroop Philip and Shaan Rahman for those positions, respectively.[10] It was Vineeth's suggestion to make Shaan compose the music for the film.[11] Nikhila Vimal of Love 24x7 fame was confirmed to play the lead actress.[10] She plays Varada, one of the guests at the lodge.[3] Vineeth's father Sreenivasan was reportedly part of the cast and was said that the duo won't be paired up as father and son onscreen.[10] Earlier, the two had appeared together in films like Makante Achan, Traffic and Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar.[12] Shanthi Krishna, Aju Varghese and Urvasi were also confirmed to play significant roles.[10] M. Mohanan said to The New Indian Express, "This is an entertainer, which is high on situational humour. One can't call it a family drama, but families are going to love it as it has a feel-good factor."[10]

 
Mookambika Temple, as seen in the film

MarketingEdit

The first look poster of the film was revealed by Vineeth on 17 February 2018. While sharing the poster on Facebook he wrote, "Here is the first look poster of Aravindante Athidhikal.. A movie after a long time with achan.. I got the opportunity of working with some amazing artists in this film.. Directed by my uncle M Mohanan.. this will be a Shaan Rahman musical".[13] On 31 March 2018, a 45-second teaser was released on YouTube featuring a conversation between the father-son duo (Vineeth and Sreenivasan).[14] The teaser recorded more than 6 lakh views within 48 hours.[15] The Indian Express wrote about the teaser that, "Sreenivasan and Vineeth Sreenivasan’s camaraderie leaves us wanting more".[16]

On 13 April 2018, the official trailer of the film was jointly released on Facebook by actors Prithviraj Sukumaran, Nivin Pauly, Tovino Thomas and Anoop Menon.[17][18] Onlookers Media wrote, "from what we gather from the trailer, Aravindante Athidhikal promises to a clean feel good entertainer aimed at families".[19] In a series of posters, characters of the film were revealed as pairs from 20 April 2018 till 25 April 2018.[20] On May 2018, Vineeth Sreenivasan appeared on the musical reality show Super 4 on Mazhavil Manorama to promote the film, along with Shaan Rahman who was one among the judges on the show.[21] Later, Vineeth Sreenivasan accompanied by the lead actress Nikhila Vimal were seen in the celebrity talk show Badai Bungalow hosted by Ramesh Pisharody on Asianet as part of their film promotions.[22]

SoundtrackEdit

Aravindante Athidhikal
Soundtrack album by
Released12 April 2018
Recorded2018
StudioShaanZ Eternal Ray and Freddy’s AVG
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
Length16:50
LanguageMalayalam
LabelMuzik 247
ProducerShaan Rahman
External audio
  Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Shaan Rahman chronology
Aadu 2
(2017)
Aravindante Athidhikal
(2018)
Chanakya Thanthram
(2018)

Shaan Rahman composed the soundtrack of Aravindante Athidhikal.[23] The soundtrack album consists of five tracks. The lyrics are written by Harinarayanan B. K. and Manu Manjith for the one song "Kripaakari Devi".[24] The soundtrack was released by Muzik 247. Vineeth Sreenivasan had lent his voice for the melody tracks "Kanne Thaai Malare" and "Rasathi".[25][26] Aravindante Athidhikal's music launch had taken place on 12 April 2018 at the hotel Gokulam Park in Kochi. The first YouTube released song, "Kanne Thaai Malare" was sung by Vineeth Sreenivasan and arranged by the composer Shaan Rahman; other instrumentals include the Indian flute by Josy Alappuzha and the strings by Cochin Strings.[27] The second song "Aanandhame", was sung by Anne Amie (famed by "Kilivaathilin Chaare Nee" song and "Kayalirambilu" song). The film's soundtrack was composed by Shaan Rahman and had been listed at the first position on the iTunes Regional Indian Chart.[28]

Track listing[29]
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Rasathi"Harinarayanan B. K.Vineeth Sreenivasan, Liya Susan Verghese3:58
2."Aanandhame"Harinarayanan B. K.Anne Amie1:42
3."Kanne Thaai Malare"Harinarayanan B. K.Vineeth Sreenivasan3:17
4."Endhe Kanna"Harinarayanan B. K.Megha Josekutty3:29
5."Kripaakari Devi"Manu ManjithMithun Jayaraj4:24
Total length:16:50
Critical response

The album received generally positive reviews from critics. Deepa Soman of The Times of India wrote about the tracks mentioning, "Aanandhame" "becomes a soothing semi-classical melody when it gets wonderful accompaniment through the gifted voice of its singer", "Endhe Kanna" has a "mesmerising rendition and the matching orchestra, wrapped deliciously in raag Meghamalhaar, makes it one with a great repeat value, especially in an evening in which it rains", "Kripaakari Devi"'s "mood is vibrant and not just religious, singing is decent, and all elements are opulent enough to give that adrenaline rush while listening to such a number", "Kanne Thaai Malare" is "like a lullaby with a melancholic air to it, which seems to be intended to prepare you for a few scenes to tug at your heart strings", and "Rasathi" "as compared to the rest of the numbers, it comes across as an average fare". Overall she stated, "the composer plays around with many new voices too in the soundtrack, and all of them sound promising as well".[30]

Release and receptionEdit

Aravindante Athidhikal was released across theaters in India on 27 April 2018.[31] Despite being released during the exam season and along with couple of other releases,[32] it enjoyed a theatrical run of over 100 days due to positive critical reviews and favorable word of mouth.[7] It was distributed in India by Kalasangham Films.

It was released across the Gulf Cooperation Council territories on 24 May 2018 by Phars Films and across the United States and Canada on 25 May 2018 by Omega Movies.

Sify has written that "Aravindante Athidikal is a nice journey that would make the viewer come out of the theatres with a smile", and praised the cinematographer and music director, saying that "the film succeeds in giving an experience of visiting the holy temple and the premises, with its nice visuals" and "one of the highlights of the film is its superb music by Shaan Rahman".[33] Deepa Soman of The Times of India gave the film a rating of three out of five and has written that "Aravindante Adhithikal can impress those looking for a nostalgic, vintage-style movie and those who strongly believe that a story doesn’t have to raise further questions". She stated that Vineeth performs "his usual self in the film", Nikhila "gives a good performance, especially in the subtly comical scenes", and praised Urvashi, saying that her "performance gives out such a feel in certain instances".[34] Amrutha Menon of Malayala Manorama rated the movie three and a half out of five, and praised the music stating "Shaan Rahman's mellifluous music that largely breathes life into the plot is also something worth mentioning". She said, "Aravindante Athidhikal is a feel good-movie with good story line and beautiful frames. The film will keep you engrossed as it shares with us a small, yet a beautiful story, captured in an emotional way that touches the viewers".[35]

Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost wrote, "Aravindante Athidhikal’s lack of inventiveness gives it a dated feel that is redeemed somewhat by the music. To be fair, the film is not unpleasant. It is simply plain."[36] K. R. Rejeesh of Nowrunning gave the film a rating of two and a half out of five, saying "Aravindante Athidhikal has a feel good feel throughout and it starts as light and innocuous fun before heading to the sentimental conflict zone".[37]

Home mediaEdit

The broadcasting rights were purchased by Asianet for 3 crore (US$420,000).[38] Aravindante Athidhikal's television premiere was screened on the Christmas Day of 2018 at 7 pm IST.[39]

AwardsEdit

Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
49th Kerala State Film Awards Kerala State Film Award for Best Choreography Prasanna Sujit Won [40]
[41]
21st Asianet Film Awards Honour Special Jury Award Urvashi Won
Best Lyricist B.K. Harinarayanan Won
Vanitha Film Awards 2019 Best Star Pair Vineeth Sreenivasan
Nikhila Vimal
Won [42]
Special Performance (Female) Urvashi Won
Kerala Kaumudi Flash Movies Awards 2018 Most Popular Film Pathiyara Entertainments & Big Bang Entertainments Won [43]
Most Popular Actress Nikhila Vimal Won
Most Popular Supporting Actor Aju Varghese Won
Second Most Popular Director M. Mohanan Won
Movie Street Film Awards 2019 Best Female Singer Anne Amie Won [44]
8th SIIMA Awards Best Comedian Aju Varghese Won [45]
Best Music Director Shaan Rahman Nominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Urvashi Nominated
Best Actress Nikhila Vimal Nominated
Best Film Pathiyara Entertainments & Big Bang Entertainments Nominated
66th Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director Shaan Rahman Nominated [46]
Best Playback (Female) Megha Josekutty Nominated

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