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Malabar's role in freedom struggle to be captured on celluloid

Special Correspondent

‘Veeraputran' will focus on the life of Abdul Rahman Sahib



Based on history:The shooting of ‘Viraputran' gets under way at Parappil in Kozhikode on Monday. Director P.T. Kunhimohammed and actor Naren are seen.

Kozhikode: The shooting of ‘Veeraputran,' a film that seeks to capture the eventful history of Malabar during India's independence struggle, got under way at Kamakkantakam Tharavad at Parappil in the city on Monday.

Its director P.T. Kunhimohammed, whose earlier films include ‘Paradesi' and ‘Garshom,' said that the film would focus on the life of Mohammed Abdul Rahman Sahib, a frontline freedom fighter and Congress leader, known for his secular stance. But ‘Veeraputran' would have a larger canvas, highlighting the contributions of stalwarts of freedom struggle such as Kelappaji and K.P. Kesava Menon, Mr. Kunhimohammed told The Hindu.

Cast

Leading actors as well as newcomers play the 150-odd characters of the film, produced under the banner of ITL Productions.

Naren will play Abdul Rahman Sahib and Hindi actor Raima Sen will make her Malayalam debut with the role of Kunhi Beevathu, Abdul Rahman Sahib's wife.

The cast includes Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, Siddique, Kalabhavan Mani, Sai Kumar, Devan, Valsala Menon, and Sajitha Madathil.

Based on a story by the late N.P. Mohammed, ‘Veeraputran' covers the period in Malabar history starting with the arrival of Abdul Rahman Sahib in Kerala at the age of 23, after discontinuing his education in Aligarh, up to his demise in 1945.

Milestones

Major events in Kerala history such as Moplah Revolt, Pookkottur battle, and salt satyagraha will be recreated on celluloid.

“My film will help people understand Malabar's event-packed history better. It will also be an aesthetic experience because of a rich array of actors.

Its five songs have been tuned by Ramesh Narayanan and rendered by Yesudas, Sankar Mahadevan, and Sreya Ghoshal,” Mr. Kunhimohammed said.

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