Excitement mounts ahead of release of Blessy’s Prithviraj starrer ‘Aadujeevitham’

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Blessy’s upcoming Malayalam film, ‘The Goat Life,’ has stirred significant anticipation since its announcement, reaching its peak as the release date of April 10 approaches.
Adapted from the highly acclaimed Malayalam novel ‘Aadujeevitham,’ the film is based on the literary masterpiece by noted writer Benyamin. This best-selling work from the Malayalam literary world has garnered widespread recognition, with translations available in 12 different languages, including foreign ones.

In an event at the ongoing Kerala Literature Festival 2024 in Kozhikode, Blessy and Benyamin engaged in an enlightening discussion about ‘The Goat Life.’ The audience responded with tremendous applause, highlighting the enthusiastic reception for the film.
In it, the two leading lights contributed their expertise with a special video of a behind-the-scenes glimpse of author Benyamin and director Blessy discussing adapting books into films.

Offering valuable perspectives on shooting techniques, film direction, and the art of transforming literature on screen, their presence at the festival further emphasised the deep connection between the novel ‘Aadujeevitham’ and the upcoming film, ‘The Goat Life’.

Speaking about the challenges faced while adapting ‘The Goat Life’ from a novel to the big screen, director, Blessy said, “Our greatest hurdle lay in meeting audience expectations and surpassing their imaginative interpretations, given the familiarity of the novel. Each film is inevitably influenced by our individual references, and my works consistently explore human emotions that resonate universally, drawing from personal encounters, stories heard, or our own experiences.”

The film tells the true story of the life of a young man Najeeb, who in the early 90s migrates from the lush green shores of Kerala to search for the fortunes in a land abroad.
Najeeb is played Malayalam star Prithviraj Sukumaran.
“Crafting Najib’s character presented a unique challenge, as neither I nor Prithviraj had any predefined guidance for his portrayal,” added Blessy.
Adding to this, Benyamin said, “It is a film which has no references to look into”.

Hollywood actor Jimmy Jean-Louis, Amala Paul, Indian actor K. R. Gokul, and renowned Arab actors Talib al Balushi and RikAby are playing pivotal roles.
The Goat Life is all set to release on April 10 in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada.
Sixty-year-old Blessy has won one National Film Award and six Kerala State Film Awards for his feature films ‘Kaazhcha’ (2004), ‘Thanmathra’ (2005), and ‘Pranayam’ (2011).
His documentary film ‘100 Years of Chrysostom’ received the Guinness World Record for the longest documentary in the world, with a runtime of 48 hours and 10 minutes.
(With IANS inputs)

Excitement mounts ahead of release of Blessy’s Prithviraj starrer ‘Aadujeevitham’

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