Koode (transl. With) is a 2018 Indian Malayalam-language psychological drama film written and directed by Anjali Menon, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Nazriya Nazim, and Parvathy Thiruvothu. It is a remake of the 2014 Marathi film Happy Journey. The music was released by Muzik 247. The film marks the 100th film of Prithviraj, Parvathy's third collaboration with Prithviraj & second collaboration with both Anjali Menon and Nazriya Nazim who made her comeback to movies after 4 Years. This film had Positive reviews from Critics.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Anjali Menon|
|Produced by||M. Renjith|
|Screenplay by||Anjali Menon|
|Story by||Sachin Kundalkar|
|Based on||Happy Journey|
by Sachin Kundalkar
|Edited by||Praveen Prabhakar|
Rejaputhra Visual Media
Little Films India
|Distributed by||Rejaputhra Release, Popcorn Entertainments (Asia Pacific and Africa release)|
|Box office||₹20 crore|
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The film opens showing Joshua working in a factory in Dubai. He gets an urgent phone call informing about his sister Jenny's death. The movie then shifts to his landing in his home town. He attends Jenny's funeral; Josh seems unperturbed even after being shown Jenny's body.
Flashback is shown of how Josh - 15 year old, his father a mechanic and his mother pregnant with his sister are preparing for Christmas festivities at home. At the midnight mass, labour pains start and a baby girl is delivered. Josh names his sister Jennifer. The flashback shows how he adores and takes care of his baby sister. Jenny is diagnosed with a congenital disease and is expected not to live long, depending on medicines all her life. The hospital expense takes a toll on the not so well off family and they struggle to keep food on the table. With so much happening in the house, Josh is dismissed from his school as he hasn't been performing well. His father who is aware of his love for machines takes him to a train yard to cheer him up.
Josh's maternal uncle offers help to take Josh to Gulf and put him on some kind of vocation bringing some money to the household. The parents reluctantly agree. A subtle hint of sexual abuse is shown that Josh would have encountered at his uncle's behest. Josh comes out of the flashback at that point.
Josh discovers many creative expressions of Jenny in terms of drawing, poetry in her room. He is introduced to Brownie-Jenny's dog who seems to have taken a liking to Josh. To take a drive down the town, Josh asks his father to lend him a vehicle. Father shows him Jenny's ambulance van which was used for her hospital trips. He drives the van to a lakeside where he spends some time; he discovers that somebody is sleeping in the van back seat. He finds out that it is his sister Jenny. He comes out of his dream at that point and goes to the van parked outside his house. To his surprise he does indeed find Jenny alive inside the van talking to him. He sits all night outside the van, he musters courage to ask who she is as he suspects some kind of foul play. The girl convinces that she is indeed Jenny and he is the only person who can see/hear/talk to her.
Still flabbergasted about the whole situation, he goes inside and gets a cup of coffee as asked by Jenny. She tells him how hungry she is and Josh takes her to a roadside restaurant. They stop at a point on the road and see few children playing football. At that point it is revealed how good he was in football and his coach- Coach Ashraf was his mentor. Jenny from now onwards tries to uncover the demons he has buried in his heart.
Jenny borrows Josh's office smart phone and orders materials worth ₹47000. Josh is angry and scolds her about spending his hard earned money recklessly. She replies back that she shopped only for him and asks what is the use of earning money if he didnt take spend time with his family and not enjoy his life. They fight and she ends up not talking to him. He goes to Jenny's room and finds a desk where there are pictures of Jenny. Each of the picture has her standing/posing with Josh's photograph. He feels bad and goes back to the van and tells her of his decision of staying back for few more days.
The story now introduces Sophie, childhood sweetheart of Josh who went on to marry an alcoholic and suffered domestic violence and ended up divorcing him. She is staying with her father and his family. The family members are not happy that she divorced her husband and bad mouth her. Josh and Jenny visit the old dilapidated house that he used to visit back in his child hood. Josh finds Sophie there and they enquire about each other and depart. Sophie back in her house is molested by a younger cousin. She tells this to another relative who interferes. But he advices her that it is not the cousin who is at fault-maybe she herself is an easy target and hence the consequence; depicting his mal intentions as well. She is left aghast at her situation. Next day, Jenny and Josh while roaming about in the van discover Sophie contemplating suicide. Josh comes in the nick of the time and saves her.
Josh tracks down Coach Ashraf who is shown to suffer some memory loss due to old age living in neglected situation. Josh and Sophie bring him to an old age home and start taking care of him.
Jenny shows Josh her college and tells him about her life there. She tells him about how she liked a boy, Krish who played in a band. Due to her poetic skills, she participates with the band but collapses on one such performance. Krish discovers about her disease and deserts her. Josh finds Jenny's diary filled with love poems. He gives it to Krish. Josh finds his father always tinkering toys that village children bring to him. He discovers that his dad has been taking care of his childhood toys in his attic. He becomes emotional. He realises the love he missed from his father and buries the grudge he has against his father for sending him away at such a young age.
Things seem to take a good turn for coach. On one such day Coach gives Josh his field whistle seeing how Josh still seemed interested in football.
One day, Sophie and Josh spend time in the old house discussing about a book, when her family members come and take her away forcibly. Jenny tells Josh to help Sophie as he knows well how much of difference someone's support makes when one is alone. Josh all instigated reaches Sophie's house and calls her to come with him. Sophie taken aback with the suddenness refuses to go with him. It starts to rain and Josh drives back and locks him up in his room, angry on why he listened to Jenny. He then sees Sophie walking to his house all drenched. He runs and opens the door and takes her to his room and shuts the door leaving his family shocked about the turn of events. Sophie's family members come to Josh's house enquiring and make them open the room door only to find that both of them have eloped through the window. They both drive through the place living out of their van. Krish catches up with them and invites Josh to the college where they are holding a memorial for Jenny. He then tells Josh that he is ashamed about the way he reacted to Jenny's illness. He discloses that he too liked Jenny. Josh attends the memorial with Sophie. Sophie's relatives come there and attack Josh. Krish and his friends save them from the gang and they escape.
Jenny is happy having seen Krish save her brother. Josh and Sophie are spending the night at the lakeside. Jenny talks to Josh and tells him that he would make an amazing dad. Next morning, Josh discovers that Jenny is nowhere to be found. He breaks down sensing her absence for the first time after her death and realises how much he will miss her. The film ends with Josh shown to be coaching local lads in football and becoming father to a baby girl.
- Prithviraj Sukumaran as Joshua Thomas/Josh/Cha
- Nazriya Nazim as Jennifer Maria Thomas/Jenny
- Parvathy Thiruvothu as Sophie
- Roshan Mathew as Krish
- Siddharth Menon as Sean
- Atul Kulkarni as Coach Ashraf
- Devan as Sophie's father
- Pauly Valsan as Kochuthresiamma
- Sajitha Madathil as Class Teacher
- Santhosh Keezhattoor as Lily's brother
- Hakkim Shah as Sebastian (Sophie's cousin)
- Sarath Chandran as Febin (Jenny's friend)
- Darshana Rajendran as Alina
- CR Rajan (theater artist) as Joshua's distant relative
- Basil Paulose as Sophie's cousin
- Arun Sunny as Joe
- Shambu Menon as Monty
- Prajwal Prasad as Benjamin
- Nandhu Pothuval as Vijayan
- Bhadra Sandeep
- Zubin N as Young Joshua
- Baby Mira as Young Jenny
- Mithuna Rajan as Young Sophie
The soundtrack consists four songs written by Rafeeque Ahmed and Shruthy Namboothiri( koode title track), two each composed by M. Jayachandran and Raghu Dixit. It was released on 15 June 2018 by the label Muzik 247. The background score was composed by Raghu Dixit.
|1.||"Aararo"||Rafeeque Ahmed||Raghu Dixit||Anne Amie||4:07|
|2.||"Paranne"||Rafeeque Ahmed||Raghu Dixit||Benny Dayal, Raghu Dixit||4:18|
|3.||"Minnaminni"||Rafeeque Ahmed||M. Jayachandran||Abhay Jodhpurkar||4:44|
|4.||"Vaanaville"||Rafeeque Ahmed||M. Jayachandran||Karthik||4:41|
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