Koozhangal has recently been in news ’cause of its official entry into the Oscars 2022. 15 Jury members of FFI (Film Federation of India) has selected the film unanimously, from the 14 shortlisted Movies across all Cinemas of India.
Here in this article, we will talk about the Star Cast, Plot, the inspiration behind making this feature film, & more news related to the film.
Koozhangal Star Cast
India’s Oscar 2022 entry, Koozhangal which translates in English as Peebles is directed and written by P.S. Vinothraj. It is a Tamil language movie that stars debutants Chellapandi, and Karuthathadaiyan. Known south Indian actress Nayanthara produced this film along with Vignesh Sivan.
It is made under the banner of Rowdy Pictures. Vinothraj said in an interview that the film’s inspiration is his own experience, as his sister married at a very young age and she had faced domestic violence.
This drama feature film revolves around a family, where a guy who is a drunkard often beats his wife. One day she runs off, from where the search of her begins. The director showed the story from the child’s view, as in a very little age, He has to go through family violence. following this his mother left him behind ’cause of his education, she doesn’t want his son to become like his father.
Koozhangal Release Date
It was premiered on 4 February 2021, at the 50th IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam), which held in the Netherlands. Yuvan Shankar Raja has given the music in the film. It is Edited by Ganesh Siva and Vignesh Kumulai and Jeya Parthipan handled the cinematography on the technical front. Koozhangal hasn’t been released in theatres yet.
It got positive reviews from the critics The Hindu appreciated the filmmaking wrote that ” There has Never been a Tamil Film that has Captured the Vastness of Rural Life in a more Austere, Art-house Fashion. PS Vinothraj knows what are all the basics of Filmmaking that is Lacking, Even in the Works of Celebrated Filmmakers.” film companion critic Baradwaj Rangan also give the Thumbs up to the film and wrote that “It doesn’t beg for our sympathies, only at the very end, we feel pain.”
Before the Oscars the film is selected for many film festivals, Like the New Directors New Films festival, New York, America on 28 April 2021, Asian film festival Jeonju Intl Film Festival held at South Korea, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles on 20-27 May 2021, California and Kyiv Molodist Intl Film Festival, Ukraine 29 may-6 June 2021.
The trailer of the film was released on 22 Dec 2020 on Intlt. Film Festival Rotterdam official YouTube channel with the caption, ” A Poverty Stricken Father and Son, Wander a Southern Landscape of India, Where Frustration and Anger Burn Hotter Than the Sun.”