Kumarithe upcoming Malayalam film starring Aishwarya Lekshmi, entered the post-production phase after filming wrapped earlier this month.
“We finished filming on February 6 and started the editing process,” director Nirmal Sahadev said. Silverscreen India.
Kumari is produced by music composer Jakes Bejoy, editor Sreejith Sarang, Giju John and the director himself, under The Fresh Lime Sodas banner, and presented by Prithviraj Productions. Bejoy is also composing the music for the film, while Sarang handles the editing.
In conversation with Silverscreen Indiadirector Nirmal says: “Kumari is a mystical-mythological film. It is completely fictional and is inspired by folklore. We took up an old folklore and developed the story of Kumari with that as a basis.
Nirmal adds that the film features multiple time periods and was shot in locations in Kerala on different terrains. Filming, with cinematographer Abraham Joseph in charge of the camera, lasted approximately 50 to 55 days in all.
Apart from Lekshmi, the female-centric film features several women in the cast, such as actors Surabhi Lakshmi, Swasika, Sruthi Menon, and Tanvi Ram. The director also reveals that actor Roshan Mathew was tapped earlier to play a major role in the film, but was eventually replaced by Shine Tom Chacko.
Talking about how the project took off, Nirmal says, “In 2020, Supriya Menon told me that an OTT platform was planning to make a series of eight short films and wanted a story based on a Kerala myth. I started working on it, did a lot of research and found a concept that everyone liked. Unfortunately, the project was abandoned by the OTT platform. Later, I revived this story and presented it to Aishwarya Lekshmi. She immediately agreed to be part of the film after hearing the story.
The script for the film is co-written by Nirmal and Fazal Hameed, with acclaimed author Manoj Kuroor serving as script consultant.
The director mentions that it has always been a dream for him and his friends to eventually start their own production company. When Kumari was revived, they thought it would be a good first project for their banner as it “had the potential for a brilliant technical production”.
Nirmal made his directorial debut with Prithviraj Sukumaran and Rahman-starring ranam in 2018. He also co-wrote Nivin Pauly’s Hey Jude with filmmaker Shyamaprasad.