Koode (transl. Along with) is a 2018 Indian Malayalam-language psychological drama film[2] written and directed by Anjali Menon, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Nazriya Nazim and Parvathy Thiruvothu. The music was released by Muzik 247. The film marks the 100th film of Prithviraj,[3] Parvathy's third collaboration with Prithviraj and second collaboration with both Menon and Nazriya who made her comeback to movies after 4 Years. It was an adaptation of 2014 Marathi film Happy Journey.[4][5][6]

Koode
Koode film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnjali Menon
Screenplay byAnjali Menon
Story bySachin Kundalkar
Based onHappy Journey
by Sachin Kundalkar
Produced byM. Renjith
StarringPrithviraj Sukumaran
Nazriya Nazim Fahadh
Parvathy Thiruvothu
CinematographyLittil Swayamp
Edited byPraveen Prabhakar
Music bySongs:
M. Jayachandran
Raghu Dixit
Background score:
Raghu Dixit
Production
companies
Rejaputhra Visual Media
Little Films India
Distributed byRejaputhra Release, Popcorn Entertainments (Asia Pacific and Africa release)
Release date
  • 14 July 2018 (2018-07-14) (India)
Running time
155 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam
Box office₹20 crore[1]

PlotEdit

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, labor 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. The film gently implies, without saying it, that this uncle than raped Josh and Josh’s early years overseas involved sexual labour.
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. The girl convinces that she is indeed Jenny and he is the only person who can see/hear/talk to her.
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.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The film began principal photography on 1 November 2017, coinciding with Kerala Piravi.[7] Film's title was announced on 11 June 2018.[8]

SoundtrackEdit

The soundtrack consists four songs written by Rafeeq Ahammed 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.[9] The background score was composed by Raghu Dixit.

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Aararo"Rafeeq AhammedRaghu DixitAnne Amie4:07
2."Paranne"Rafeeq AhammedRaghu DixitBenny Dayal, Raghu Dixit4:18
3."Minnaminni"Rafeeq AhammedM. JayachandranAbhay Jodhpurkar4:44
4."Vaanaville"Rafeeq AhammedM. JayachandranKarthik4:41

ReleaseEdit

Koode was initially scheduled to be released on 6 July 2018.[10] It was released on 14 July 2018.[11]

Box officeEdit

The film was both commercial and critical success and collected ₹20 crore from box office.[12] The film collected ₹92 lakhs from the Bangalore box office.[13]

AccoladesEdit

Award[a] Date of ceremony[b] Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Asianet Film Awards 6–7 April 2019 Most Popular Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran Won [14]
Best Actress Parvathy Thiruvothu Nominated
Nazriya Nazim Nominated
Most Popular Actress Parvathy Thiruvothu Nominated
Nazriya Nazim Nominated
Best Character Actress Nominated
Best Music Director M. Jayachandran Won
Filmfare Awards South 21 December 2019 Best Director – Malayalam Anjali Menon Nominated [15]
[16]
Best Actor – Malayalam Prithviraj Sukumaran Nominated
Best Actress – Malayalam Nazriya Nazim Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Malayalam Ranjith Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer – Malayalam Karthik - ("Vaanaville") Nominated
Abhay Jodhpurkar - ("Minnaminni") Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Malayalam Anne Amie - ("Aararo") Won
South Indian International Movie Awards 15–16 August 2019 Best Actor – Malayalam Prithviraj Sukumaran Nominated [17]
[18]
Critics Award for Best Actor – Malayalam Won
Best Supporting Actor – Malayalam Roshan Mathew Won
Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam Mala Parvathy Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer – Malayalam Karthik - ("Vaanaville") Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Malayalam Anne Amie - ("Aararo") Nominated

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Awards, festivals and organizations are in alphabetical order.
  2. ^ Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nikhil Pandey (14 July 2020). "Parvathy remembers 'Koode' with warm smile and gentle words about her character; See post". Republic TV. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  2. ^ "'Koode' – A saga of relationships | Movie Review | Rating 3.5/5". Mathrubhumi.
  3. ^ "Koode is actor Prithviraj's 100th film - Times of India".
  4. ^ "Anjali Menon reveals where 'Koode' is adapted from". The News Minute. 14 July 2018.
  5. ^ "'Koode' Is An Adaptation af a Marathi Film". Silverscreen.in. 14 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Nazriya Nazim on her Malayalam comeback film Koode: Was initially hesitant to act with Prithviraj". Firstpost.
  7. ^ "Anjali Menon starts shooting for next project starring Prithviraj, Nazriya Nazim and Parvathy". Hindustan Times. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Anjali Menon announces her next film titled 'Koode' starring Prithviraj, Paravathy and Nazriya". The Times of India. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  9. ^ Muzik 247 (15 June 2018). "Koode (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  10. ^ "'Bangalore Days' director Anjali Menon's latest film gets a release date". The New Indian Express. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Koode Movie: Showtimes, Review, Trailer, Posters, News & Videos - eTimes".
  12. ^ Nikhil Pandey (14 July 2020). "Parvathy remembers 'Koode' with warm smile and gentle words about her character; See post". Republic TV. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  13. ^ M. K., Surendhar (5 October 2018). "Devadas earns Rs 29 cr in four-day opening weekend; Fahadh Faasil's Varathan rakes in record breaking numbers". Firstpost. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Asianet Film Awards 2019 Winners List: Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Prithviraj & Others Bag Top Honours!". Yahoo! News. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  15. ^ "Nominations for the 66th Filmfare Awards (South) 2019". Filmfare. 10 December 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  16. ^ "Winners of the 66th Filmfare Awards (South) 2019". Filmfare. 21 December 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  17. ^ "SIIMA 2019 FULL nominations list out! Vijay Sethupathi, Samantha Akkineni and others bag top honours". Times Now. 18 July 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  18. ^ "SIIMA 2019 winners full list: Dhanush, Trisha, Prithviraj win big". The Indian Express. 17 August 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2021.

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