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Moothon (lit. The Elder One) is an upcoming bilingual crime film written and directed by Geetu Mohandas, and jointly produced by Anurag Kashyap, Ajay G. Rai and Alan McAlex. Anurag Kashyap wrote the dialogues in Hindi. The film stars Nivin Pauly, Sobhita Dhulipala, Shashank Arora. It's Geetu's debut feature-length directorial in Malayalam and Pauly's debut in Hindi cinema. The film tells the story of a man searching for his elder brother. Filming began in April 2017. The film is expected to release in 2019.

Moothon film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGeetu Mohandas
Produced byAnurag Kashyap
Vinod Kumar
Ajay G. Rai
Alan McAlex
Screenplay byGeetu Mohandas
Anurag Kashyap
StarringNivin Pauly
Sobhita Dhulipala
Shashank Arora
Music bySneha Khanwalkar
Govind Menon
CinematographyRajeev Ravi
Edited byB. Ajithkumar
Mini Studios
JAR Pictures



The story is about a man named Mullakoya from Lakshadweep, the film follows him as he sets off on a journey to find his elder brother.[1]



The screenplay was written by Geetu Mohandas originally under the title Insha' Allah: In Pursuit of Akbar. The story was about a teenager who is in search of his elder brother Akbar. For the script, Geetu won the Global Filmmaking Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, along with four other filmmakers. In January 2016, she announced that it would be made into a feature film in Malayalam and Hindi languages, and filming would commence post monsoon that year.[2]

In January 2017, cast and crew were revealed along with a poster. The title was changed to Moothon (meaning: elder brother, in Malayalam). Produced jointly by Aanand L. Rai for Colour Yellow Productions and Ajay G. Rai and Alan McAlex for JAR Pictures, the film will be distributed by Eros International. Anurag Kashyap wrote the Hindi dialogues. Nivin Pauly plays the leading role along with Shashank Arora as the negative lead; According to Geetu, Nivin was the first person to come into her mind after completing the screenplay. Her husband Rajeev Ravi handles the cinematography. The film marks Geetu's feature directorial debut in Malayalam.[3] Geetu call the film an "adventure drama", even though she do not believe in confining it into a clear-cut genre, saying "it can always turn into something else".[4]

Filming in Mumbai was concluded by second week of May 2017.[5] Filming resumed in Lakshadweep in May 2018.[6] It was completed on 14 May 2018.[7]


  1. ^ U. R., Arya (24 April 2017). "Nivin Pauly to play Mullakoya in Geethu Mohandas's Moothon". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Geetu Mohandas wins Global Filmmaking award at Sundance Film Festival 2016". The Indian Express. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  3. ^ "In conversation with Geetu Mohandas". The Hindu. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ Sudhish, Navamy. "An all-new outing". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Moothon's Mumbai schedule over; next is Lakshadweep". The New Indian Express. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  6. ^ Prakash, Asha (13 May 2018). "Nivin and Geethu Mohandas at Moothon location". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Geetu Mohandas' Moothon wrapped up". The New Indian Express. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.

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