Malayalam actor, Parvathy Thiruvothu Kottuva launches the Motion Poster of Tamil cinema, ‘Maadathy’ produced and directed by Leena Manimekalai through social media handles, which is set for release on Neestream on June 24, 2021.
Maadathy, with the tagline, ‘No bodies do not have Gods; they are Gods,’ is a coming of age story of an adolescent girl born in an ‘unseeable’ caste group in the southern hinterland of Tamil Nadu. In fact, Maadathy is an ‘un’fairy’ tale as it speaks of Puthirai Vannar community, who are forced to wash clothes of the Dalits, a reflection on gender, caste and identity, religious beliefs and violence.
Leena Manimekalai is better known for her poetic cinemas deeply concerned about social justice. No wonder then, her movies across genres and lengths are critically acclaimed and had received numerous awards at International Film festivals. Goddesses (2009), Sengadal the Deadsea (Cinema Verite 2011), My Mirror is the Door (2012, Cine Poem), White Van Stories (2015, Feature Documentary) and Is it too Much to Ask (2017, Mocumentary) grounded her as a unique and original voice as an independent filmmaker.
Maadathy had received mass appreciation from critics and cinephiles at festivals alike including Busan International Film Festival, Kolkata International Film Festival, Latin American FICCI 60, Third Eye Asian Film Festival, Chicago South Asian Film Festival, DC South Asian Film Festival among many others where it was screened. The movie also received FIPRESCI Jury Award, Golden Kailasha for Best Film, Best Actress and Best Cinematography Awards at Aurangabad International Film Festival, 2020 and nominated for Les Rimbaud Du Cinema Awards in France.
Rafiq Ismail and Yavanika Sriram have co-written the screenplay with Leena Manimekalai, Jeff Dolen, Abinandhan Ramanujam and Karthik Muthukumar share the credits of its immersive cinematography. Maadhathy was initially crowd funded and later in the post production stage, Piiyush Singh-Golden Ratio Films, Bhavana Goparaju, and Abinandhan Ramanujam joined as Co-Producers. Ajmina Kassim, Patrick Raj, Semmalar Annam and Arul Kumar have given life to the lead characters in Maadathy while the ensemble cast is from the community itself. The editing is by Thangaraj and sound designing is by Tapas Nayak. The music is composed by Karthik Raja and the Art Director is Mohana Mahendran. Designs are done by Pavisankar. Maadathy that won many hearts in the film festival circuits across the world is coming to your own screens.
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