The Malayalam film industry and audiences are celebrating Onam this time without the theatrical releases of films, for the first time in history. However, it is not an Onam celebration without any film releases. C U Soon, Maniyarayile Ashokan, & Kilometers And Kilometers, the three highly anticipated films are releasing this Onam, directly on OTT platforms.
As reported earlier, C U Soon, the experimental project of Fahadh Faasil-Mahesh Narayanan duo, is releasing on Amazon Prime Video on September 1, 2020. Maniyarayile Ashokan, the Dulquer Salmaan production which features Jacob Gregory in the titular role, will release on Netflix, on August 31, 2020, Thiruvonam day.
Kilometers And Kilometers, on the other hand, is all set to become the first-ever Malayalam film to have a direct television release. The Tovino Thomas starring romantic comedy, which is directed by newcomer Jeo Baby, will premiere on the Asianet channel on August 31, 2020, Thiruvonam Day. Even though it is a first of its kind experience for the Malayalam cinema audiences, the social media reactions suggest that they are excited.
Coming to C U Soon, the thriller which marks Fahadh Faasil's third collaboration with popular editor-director Mahesh Narayanan, is an experimental project. The entire film is shot in iPhone with all actors in different locations and is later redesigned in the editing table. Roshan Mathew, Darshana Rajendran, and Saiju Kurup essay the other pivotal roles in the movie.
Maniyarayile Ashokan, which is the first production venture of Dulquer Salmaan, is directed by newcomer Shamzu Zayba. Along with Jacob Gregory, the movie features an extensive start cast including Vijayagaghavan, Sri Lakshmi, Krishna Shankar, Shine Tom Chacko, Anupama Parameshwaran, and so on in the pivotal roles.
Kilometers And Kilometers, on the other hand, features Tovino Thomas in the role of a tourist guide. Newcomer India Jarvis appears as the female lead in the movie, that features Joju George, Basil Joseph, Vinay Forrt, Ramesh Pisharody, Sidhartha Siva, and so on in the pivotal roles.