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The ten who made Kerala Cafe possible

Last updated on: October 29, 2009 13:00 IST

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In Kerala Cafe, ten directors team up to make ten individual stories that are linked by a common theme, yatra or journey.

The ten short films -- each of 10-12 minute duration -- star actors from the Malayalam film industry.

Designed by Ranjith, the ten directors include Lal Jose, Shaji Kailas, Anwar Rasheed, Shyamaprasad, B Unnikrishnan, Revathy, M Padmakumar, Uday Ananthan, Anjali Menon and Shankar Ramakrishnan.

Here's a brief look at the ten films in the anthology.


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1. Puram Kazhchakal

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Director: Lal Jose
Cast: Mammootty, Sreenivasan
Cinematography: Vijay Ulakanathan
Music: Biji Bal

Director Lal Jose, whose films include Meesa Madhavan, Chanthupottu, Arabikkadha and Classmates, has made Puram Kazhchakal which is based on C V Sreeraman's story.


Image: A scene from Puram Kazhchakal

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2. Lalitham Hiranmayam

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Director: Shaji Kailas
Cast: Suresh Gopi, Jyothirmayee, Dhanya Mary

One of the best known directors from the commercial circuit, with films like Aram Thampuran, Narasimham, Commissioner, Ekalavyan, Thalasthanam and many others to his credit, has made the film based on Rajesh Jayaraman's script.


Image: A scene from Lalitham Hiranmayam

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3. Off Season

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Director: Shyamaprasad
Cast: Suraj Venjarammood, Vindhyan
Cinematography: Azhagappan
Music: Rahul Raj

The director of Akale, Agnisakshi, Ore Kadal and Rithu, has an unlikely choice to play the lead role -- comedian Suraj Venjarammood -- as well as producer Vindhyan in the cast. The script is by Joshua Newton.


Image: A scene from Off Season

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4. Aviramam

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Director: B Unnikrishnan
Cast: Siddique, Shwetha Menon
Cinematography: Shamdatt
Music: M Jayachandran

Unnikrishnan, scenarist turned director, has made films like Madambi earlier. He has also written the script for Aviramam.


Image: A scene from Aviramam

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5. Bridge

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Director: Anwar Rasheed
Cast: Salim Kumar, Kalpana
Cinematography: Suresh Rajan
Music: Rex Vijayan

The director of Rajamanikyam, Chotta Mumbai and Annan Thampi, the young Anwar, has chosen Salim and Kalpana to play the lead in his film.


Image: A scene from Bridge

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6. Makal

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Director: Revathy
Cast: Sona Nair, Sreenath
Cinematography: Madhu Ambat
Music: Bombay Jayashree

Deedi Damodaran has written the script for Makal.


Image: A scene from Makal

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7. Nostalgia

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Director: M Padmakumar
Cast: Dileep, Navya Nair
Cinematography: Anil Nair
Music: Tej Mervin

The film is based on a poem by R Venugopal titled Nattu Vazhikal. Padmakumar, director of Vasthavam Vargam and Parunthu, has written the script as well.


Image: A scene from Nostalgia

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8. Happy Journey

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Director: Anjali Menon
Cast: Jagathy Sreekumar, Nithya Menon
Cinematography: M J Radhakrishnan

Anjali shot to fame with Manjadikkuru. She has written the script of Happy Journey as well.


Image: A scene from Happy Journey

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9. Mrityunjayam

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Director: Uday Ananthan
Cast: Thilakan, Fahadh Faasil and Rima Kallingal
Cinematography: Hari Nair
Music: Ouseppachan

Fahadh, the hero of dad Faasil's Kaiyethum Doorathu makes a comeback with Mrityunjayam where he is joined by Thilakan and Rima.


Image: A scene from Mrityunjayam

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10. Island Express

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Director: Shankar Ramakrishnan
Cast: Prithviraj, Jayasurya
Cinematography: S Kumar
Music: Manu Rameshan

This is Shankar Ramakrishnan directorial debut. He earlier assisted Ranjith.


Image: A scene from Island Express

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