Masterpiece (2017 film)
Masterpiece is a 2017 Indian Malayalam language action thriller film directed by Ajai Vasudev and written by Uday Krishna. It stars Mammootty, Unni Mukundan, Mukesh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Poonam Bajwa, Maqbool Salmaan, Gokul Suresh, Kalabhavan Shajohn, Santhosh Pandit, Anjali Nair, Divya Pillai, Neeraja S Das and Mahima Nambiar. The principal photography began on 17 April 2017 at the Fatima Mata National College, Kollam and was completed by the end of November in Kochi. Deepak Dev composed the soundtrack.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ajai Vasudev|
|Produced by||C. H. Muhammed|
|Written by||Uday Krishna|
|Music by||Deepak Dev|
|Distributed by||U. K. Studios|
|21 December 2017|
The film was released on 21 December 2017.
A murder followed by the suspect's suicide shakes the campus. The film deals with how an English lecturer Edward Livingstone with the support of his students unwind the mystery to the murders.
- Mammootty as Edward Livingstone/ Anto Antony IPS
- Unni Mukundan as A.C.P John Thekkan IPS
- Mukesh as Vice Principal Cherian Philip
- Varalaxmi Sarathkumar as A.C.P Bhavani Durga IPS
- Poonam Bajwa as Smitha
- Gokul Suresh as Unnikrishnan
- Maqbool Salmaan as Mahesh Raj
- Kalabhavan Shajohn as S.I Ramachandran
- Mahima Nambiar as Vedika Shivanadan
- Lena as Minister Sethulakshmi Krishnadas, Education Minister
- Megha Mathew as Athira
- John Kaipallil as Roshan Cherian
- Santhosh Pandit as Sankarankutty
- Kailash as C.I Raja Ravi Varma
- Nandu as Balan Master, Unnikrishnan's father
- Shivaji Guruvayoor as Shivanathan
- Divya Pillai as Police Officer
- Neeraja S Das as Ramlath
- Sunil Sukhada as Principal of Travancore Maharaja College
- Arjun Nandhakumar as Gokul
- Divyadarshan as Deepan
- Ameer Niyaz as Jithu
- Joji as Dinu
- Sadiq as Arun Dev IPS, City Police Commissioner
- Saju Navodaya
- Captain Raju as Himself (cameo appearance)
- Renji Panicker as Edward Livingstone
- Udaykrishna-cameo appearance
- Sanju Sivram - cameo appearance
- Manikkuttan - cameo appearance
- Anjali Nair - cameo appearance
- Baiju V.K.
- Manju Satheesh as Lakshmi, Unnikrishnan's mother
- Ponnamma Babu as Sr. Jaseentha, Principal of Mother's College For Women
In October 2016, Uday Krishna stated that his next screenplay, features Mammootty as a lecturer and would be directed by Ajai Vasudev, and it would be set at the backdrop of a college campus. The film was announced in February 2017 at a ceremony held in Dubai by producer C. H. Muhammed as his debut production venture. In July 2017, film's title was confirmed as Masterpiece. According to Ajay Vasudev, the plot is "something happens in the college and that's what Masterpiece is all about."
By February 2017, actors Mukesh, Maqbool Salmaan, Kalabhavan Shajohn, Arjun Nandhakumar, Kailash, and John Kaipallil were confirmed to be in cast, while Unni Mukundan was roped in by Ajai Vasudev to an important role, though he had not officially signed at the time. Mukesh was reported to appear in a role of vice principal at the college, while Unni Mukundan's character was confirmed to be not a student. Regarding the character of Mammootty, Ajai Vasudev said, "He plays a strict college professor who doesn't mollycoddle his students, a rough and tough character with a short temper. The characterisation is very much on the lines of the larger-than-life roles." After the character was just described by Ajai to Mammootty, he liked it very much and himself chose the appearance and developed the characteristics. Mammootty also lost some weight for the character.
In April 2017, Gokul Suresh Maqbool Salmaan, John Kaippallil and Santhosh Pandit were confirmed in prominent roles. Pandit allotted one month date. In the same month, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Poonam Bajwa and Mahima Nambiar was confirmed in the female leads. According to Ajai Vasudev, "All three actresses have important roles in the film." Uday Krishna revealed that Varalaxmi would play an IPS officer Bhavani Durga and Poonam Bajwa a lecturer. None of the actresses is as a love interest for the hero, as the plot lacks such a thread. Captain Raju also plays a role.
The principal photography was commenced on 17 April 2017. Unni Mukundan joined on that day. The films's action was coordinated by 6 stunt coordinators—Kanal Kannan, Jolly Bastian, Stunt Silva, Sirthai Ganesh, and Mafia Sasi, to minimize the similar pattern of stunts in the film. Set in Kollam city, film's first schedule was shot at the Fatima Mata National College. Mammootty joined on 10 May. Fight scenes were filmed at the college in 12 days. Poonam Bajwa was part of the college scenes. Second schedule began in early July, shot mainly at a location in Calicut. Mammootty rode a Harley-Davidson Street motorcycle for a scene that was shot on a day in late August. Final schedule of filming began in November and Mammootty's action scenes were shot in Kochi in three days. Then the team moved again to Kollam where a five days filming was planned. Filming concluded in November end in Kochi, with some crucial scenes in the movie shot there in final days. Filming took place in more than 100 days.
The film was released on 21 December 2017.
The Times of India rated the movie 2.5/5 and concluded that the film falls flat at many areas and fails as a festive commercial release. Sify rated the film as a masala entertainer. The Hindu cited that the film is an excuse for hero ( Mammootty) worship. Indian Express went on to say that the film is yet another wrong decision by Mammootty.
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