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Ennu Ninte Moideen (English: Yours Truly, Moideen) is a 2015 Indian Malayalam-language biographical romantic drama film[3] written and directed by R. S. Vimal, based on the real-life story of B. P. Moideen and Kanchanamala, which took place in the 1960s in Mukkam, Kozhikode.[4] Prithviraj Sukumaran and Parvathy essay the title characters of Moideen and Kanchanamala while Bala, Tovino Thomas, Saikumar, Sashi Kumar and Lena appear in supporting roles.[5][6] Music was composed by M. Jayachandran and Ramesh Narayan,[7] while background score was composed by Gopi Sunder. The cinematography was by Jomon T. John.[8] Upon release, it received a positive critical response and was a major commercial success.[9][10]

Ennu Ninte Moideen
Ennu-ninte-moideen.jpg
Film poster
Directed by R. S. Vimal
Produced by Suresh Raj
Binoy Shankarath
Ragy Thomas
Written by R. S. Vimal
Starring Prithviraj Sukumaran
Parvathy
Narrated by Sudheer Karamana
Music by Songs:
M. Jayachandran
Ramesh Narayan
Gopi Sunder
Background Score:
Gopi Sunder
Cinematography Jomon T. John
Edited by Mahesh Narayanan
Production
company
Newton Movies
Distributed by Central Pictures
Release date
  • 19 September 2015 (2015-09-19)
Running time
168 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam
Budget 12 crore[1]
Box office est. 50 crore[2]

Contents

PlotEdit

Set in the 1960s and '70's in Mukkam, Kerala, the film tells the tragic love story of Moideen who belongs to a renowned Muslim family and Kanchana Mala who is the daughter of a Hindu aristocratic landlord. Since inter-religious marriages were a taboo then, the couple had to part ways as their families objected to their love affair.

Moideen shifted ground to being a socio-political activist and Kanchana Mala lived in her house under strict restrictions for 22 years. Both communicated through letters and language they had developed. Eventually Kanchanmala was caught and beaten mercilessly by her conservative relatives. Balyambra Pottattu Unni Moideen Sahib, Moideen's father stabs him since Moideen does not agree to part ways with Kanchana mala but he miraculously escapes. Moideen reveals to the judge/police that it was an accident and his father was not responsible. This confession transforms Balyambra Pottattu Unni Moideen Sahib's attitude towards his son; however, he dies immediately afterwards due to a heart attack. Eventually, Moideen and Kanchana decide to elope but when Moideen was returning after collecting their passports, he dies in a boating accident. Upon hearing about his death, Kanchana decides to commit suicide but is stopped by Moideen's mother. In the end, Kanchana leaves home to live in Moideen's house, as Moideen's unmarried widow.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The film is based on the real life love story of Moideen and Kanchanamala, which happened in 1960s in the backdrops of river Iruvanjippuzha and Mukkam village. Vimal first made the story into a documentary film and then developed it into a full-length feature film. In October 2014, Kanchanamala had accused Vimal of "tweaking their story", stating that several incidents had not been shown correctly in the film.[11]

Prithviraj was chosen to play Moideen upon the insistence of real-life Kanchanamala, as she felt that he had a resemblance to Moideen.[12] Tovino Thomas was signed to play Appuettan (Kanjanamala's cousin), who said that Prithviraj suggested him for the role.[13]

The film was launched at Mascot Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram on 9 July 2014.[14] The shoot was supposed to begin in the first week of August 2014 but was postponed due to rain.[15] Though set entirely in Mukkam, the film was not shot there; it was shot mostly in Shoranur and nearby areas.

SoundtrackEdit

Ennu Ninte Moideen
Soundtrack album by M. Jayachandran, Ramesh Narayan, Gopi Sunder
Released 7 September 2015
Recorded 2015
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 33:16
Language Malayalam
Label Satyam Audios
Producer M. Jayachandran
Ramesh Narayan
Gopi Sunder

The background music for the film was composed by Gopi Sunder who also composed a song. Other songs were composed by M. Jayachandran and Ramesh Narayan. Rafeeq Ahamed penned the lyrics. A poem by renowned poet Changampuzha Krishna Pillai was used in the film.

The song "Mukkathe Penne" was composed within five minutes. Gopi Sunder says, "We were doing the background music when director requested us to create a background song for the movie. Mohammed Maqbool Mansoor, a singer who helps me with the Sufi notes, was there during that time. I hummed this tune to him for which he wrote lyrics. He crooned it and thus the song was born." For the song "Kathirunnu", M. Jayachandran won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the first time in his career.[16]

Ennu Ninte Moideen
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Ee Mazhathan"Rafeeq AhamedRamesh NarayanK. J. Yesudas4:07
2."Kannondu Chollanu"Rafeeq AhamedM. JayachandranShreya Ghoshal, Vijay Yesudas4:51
3."Kathirunnu"Rafeeq AhamedM. JayachandranShreya Ghoshal4:18
4."Sharadambaram"Changampuzha Krishna PillaiRamesh NarayanP. Jayachandran, Shilpa Raj2:38
5."Iruvanji Puzhappenne"Rafeeq AhamedM. JayachandranM. Jayachandran4:14
6."Priyamullavane"Rafeeq AhamedRamesh NarayanMadhushree Narayan3:27
7."Mukkathe Penne"Muhammad Maqbool MansoorGopi SunderMuhammad Maqbool Mansoor, Gopi Sunder4:15
8."Sharadambaram"Changampuzha Krishna PillaiRamesh NarayanShilpa Raj2:39
9."Ee Mazhathan"Rafeeq AhamedRamesh NarayanK. J. Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan4:07

ReleaseEdit

The film released on 19 September 2015 in Kerala and outside Kerala on 2 October. The television satellite right of Ennu Ninte Moideen was purchased for an amount of 7 crore by Asianet, which is the highest satellite purchasing amount in Malayalam.[17]

Film festival screeningEdit

The film was among the seven films selected to be screened in the Malayalam Cinema Today section of the 20th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK).[18] However, director R. S. Vimal decided to withdraw the film from the festival as it was not included in the Competition Section.[19]

Critical responseEdit

The Hindu wrote that the film "presents a classic case of how a compelling real life incident can be adapted for the screen without compromising on the aesthetics of the medium."[20] Writing for the same newspaper, Baradwaj Rangan stated, "Even with flatly written characters and plodding narration, the film strikes a chord. We respond to the film because few among us have experienced a love so mythic — it's the amative equivalent of cheering for Erik Weihenmayer, the blind man who conquered Everest."[21]

Veeyen of Nowrunning.com rated 3/5 and opined that it is "a slow-burner that invites its viewers to soak themselves in a compelling romantic tale that is prudently drawn from real life." He added: "A pithy, well-acted and remarkably crafted film, this devastating narrative of love, comes across as a true celebration of the tender, expectant spirit that lies deep within it." He further commented on the film maker by stating that "..some brilliant movies are based on such true stories, and Vimal can rest assured that he has done fine justice in adapting the much admired real-life chronicle on to the big screen."[22] Hailing the film as "probably the best love story to have graced the screens in the last decade in Malayalam Cinema," Rejath RG of Kerala Kaumudi described it as " a masterful piece of cinema that is sure to leave a long lasting impression in the hearts of moviegoers." He commented on the filmmaker saying, "R S Vimal has made a gem of a movie, an unforgettable love story of epic proportions."[23]

G. Ragesh of Malayala Manorama rated the film 3.5/5 and described it as "a love saga at its ethereal best". He wrote: "Apart from being an inquiry into the unknown realms of human emotions such as love, revenge and envy the film has a smooth narrative which offers a glimpse into the socio-political milieu of the time." He appreciated Vimal's direction, saying that "the clarity with which the director worked on it [the film] is remarkable."[24]

Describing the film as "one of the best ever love stories made in Malayalam cinema and the best movie of recent times," Akhila Menon of Filmibeat.com gave a rating of 4/5. She wrote: "It is wonderful to watch the classic form of romance back on the screen, in its complete glory." She added that a "well-written script plays the backbone for the film" and "the only minus factor [of the film] is, Kanchanamala gets over-shadowed by Moideen certain points."[25] Kanchanamala became an icon of woman sacrifice for eternal love as per the readings of R. Suresh Kumar in online news paper Azhimukham.[26] Sethumadhavan of Bangalore Mirror rated the film 4/5 and said, "Despite the story being so old, the screenplay is powerful enough to hook the audience and make one ignore a few loose ends. Whenever and wherever cinematic liberty has been taken, it does not come across as jarring."[27] Shyamlee Ahmed of The American Bazaar noted that the "powerful story is a far cry from the modern day puppy love stories coming out of Bollywood" and that the film "will be here to stay in our hearts "ennum" (forever), for its effervescent one of a kind eternal love."[28]

Box officeEdit

The film collected approximately 81 lakh on the first day of release and 1.25 crore in the second day, with Malabar region contributing a major share.[29] It collected 6.32 crore in 6 days[30] and 10.5 crore when it completed 9 days from Kerala alone.[31][32] The film collected 19 crores from 18 days from Kerala alone.[33][34] On 14 October 2015, Filmibeat.com reported that the film's gross collection crossed 21.8 crore, making it the biggest hit in Prithviraj's career.[35] Within a month of release, the film's collection from Kerala theatres alone was 27.2 crore.[36] It grossed about 32.67 crore and a net 25.56 crore from Kerala in 42 days; the film's all India gross crossed 37.50 crore for the same.[37] The film collected an estimated 45 crore from worldwide box office in its two months of release to become one of the highest grossing Malayalam films of all time.[38][39]

AccoladesEdit

As of 28 March 2016, Ennu Ninte Moideen received 55 wins and 63 nominations.

Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result
63rd National Film Awards[40] Best Music Director M. Jayachandran Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Film Ennu Ninte Moideen Nominated
Best Director R. S. Vimal Won
Best Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran Nominated
Best Actress Parvathy Won
Best Supporting Actor Tovino Thomas Won
Best Supporting Actress Lena Won
Best Music Director M. Jayachandran Won
Best Lyricist Rafeeq Ahamed Won
Best Playback Singer – Female Shreya Ghoshal Won
5th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Film Ennu Ninte Moideen Nominated
Best Director R. S. Vimal Nominated
Best Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran Won
Best Actress Parvathy Nominated
Best Actress (Critics) Parvathy Won
Best Supporting Actor Tovino Thomas Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Lena Won
Best Actor in a Negative Role Saikumar Nominated
Best Music Director M. Jayachandran Nominated
Best Lyricist Rafeeq Ahammed (for song "Kaathirunnu") Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Shreya Ghoshal (for song "Kaathirunnu") Nominated
Asianet Film Awards[41] Best Film Ennu Ninte Moideen Won
Best Director R. S. Vimal Nominated
Best Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran Won
Best Actress Parvathy
Best Supporting Actor Saikumar
Best Character Actress Lena
Best Script Writer R. S. Vimal
Best Cinematography Jomon T. John
Best Editor Mahesh Narayan
Best Lyricist Rafeeq Ahmed
Kerala State Film Award[42]
Most Popular Film Ennu Ninte Moideen
Best Actress Parvathy
Best Music Director Ramesh Narayanan
Best Cinematography Jomon T. John
Best Singer (Male) P. Jayachandran
Best Lyricist Rafeeq Ahmed
Best Sound Design Renganaath Ravee
1st IIFA Utsavam[43]
Best Film Ennu Ninte Moideen
Best Director R. S. Vimal Nominated
Best Performance in a Leading Role – Male Prithviraj Sukumaran Won
Best Performance in a Leading Role – Female Parvathy Won
Best Performance in a Supporting Role – Male Saikumar Nominated
Best Performance in a Supporting Role – Male Tovino Thomas Nominated
Best Performance in a Supporting Role – Female Lena Won
Best Performance in a Negative Role – Male Bala Nominated
Best Music Direction Ramesh Narayan
M. Jayachandran
Gopi Sunder
Nominated
Best Lyricist Muhammed Maqbool Mansoor Nominated
Best Lyricist Rafeeq Ahamed Nominated
Best Playback Singer – Male Muhammed Maqbool Mansoor Nominated
Best Playback Singer – Male Vijay Yesudas Nominated
Best Playback Singer – Female Shreya Ghoshal Won
Asiavision Awards[44]
Best Film Ennu Ninte Moideen Won
Best Director R. S. Vimal Won
Best Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran Won
Best Actress Parvathy Won
Best Supporting Actor Tovino Thomas Won
Best Screenplay R. S. Vimal Won
Best Cinematography Jomon T. John Won
Best Female Singer Shreya Ghoshal Nominated
Best Background Score Gopi Sunder Won
Most Popular Music Director Gopi Sunder Won
New Sensation in Singing Muhammed Maqbool Mansoor Won
Vanitha Film Awards[45]
Best Movie Ennu Ninte Moideen Won
Best Director R. S. Vimal Won
Best Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran Won
Best Actress Parvathy Won
Best Supporting Actress Lena Won
Best Lyricist Rafeeq Ahamed Won
Best Cinematographer Jomon T. John Won
KFPA Awards[46]
Best Film Ennu Ninte Moideen Won
Best Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran Won
Best Actress Parvathy Won
Best Producer(s) Suresh Raj
Binoy Shankarath
Ragy Thomas
Won
Best Character Actress Lena Won
Best Debutant Director R. S. Vimal Won
Best Makeup Artist Ratheesh Ambady Won
Best Art Director Gokul Das Won
Ramu Kariat Awards[47]
Best Promising Star Tovino Thomas Won
IBNLive Awards[48]
Best Actor (South) Prithviraj Sukumaran Nominated
Best Actress (South) Parvathy Nominated

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