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1956, Central Travancore

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1956, Central Travancore
Directed byDon Palathara
Produced byAbhilash S. Kumar
Screenplay byDon Palathara
  • Assif Yogi
  • Jain Andrews
Music byBasil CJ
CinematographyAlex Joseph
Artbeat Studios
Running time
95 minutes

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1956, Central Travancore (Malayalam: 1956, മധ്യതിരുവിതാംകൂർ) is an upcoming Malayalam period drama film, written, directed and edited by Don Palathara. It is Palathara's third feature-length film, after Savam and Vith, and was originally called Kattupothu. The film is shot in black and white, like most of Palathara's films.[1]

The film premiers at the 42nd Moscow International Film Festival, in October 2020.[2]


Set in 1956, the film takes place against the backdrop of the early migration to Idukki, before Kerala land reforms took place.[3] The film setting is the high ranges of Central Travancore, a vast landscape still largely uninhabited by humans.[4][5]

The main protagonists of the story are two brothers, Kora and Onan, from Kottayam, Kerala.[6] They set out with a group of men to hunt gaur. Complications arise, as the men have different personalities but are united by a common purpose. The film then progresses through the stories of this diverse group of men.[4][7]


  • Assif Yogi as Kora
  • Jain Andrews as Onan
  • Krishnan Balakrishnan as Karadikkela
  • Kani Kusruti as Kela's wife
  • Shaun Romy as Apparition
  • Balu Sreedhar as Babu
  • Aamir Hamza (Kenshin) as Thommi
  • Muraleedharan Raveendran as Devassya
  • Pradeep Kumar as Thoma
  • Reju Pillai as Vijayan
  • Sameen Salim as Sojan
  • Kurian George as Outhakkutty
  • Joseph Chilamban as Avira
  • Sherin Catherine as Performer
  • Jicky Paul as Performer
  • Jojo George as Doctor
  • Byju Netto as Police sub inspector

Film festivals[edit]

In 2019, the film launched at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, and was also shown at the Film Bazaar Viewing Room Recommendations section, at the International Film Festival of India, held in Goa.[8][6][9][5][10][11][12]

1956, Central Travancore will also premier at the Moscow International Film Festival in October 2020, in the non-competitive section.[3] It is one of two Malayalam language films to be screened at the festival, the other being Biryani, directed by Sajin Babu.[13][14][15] The festival was postponed from April in the same year due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.[16] Due to the pandemic travel restrictions, the cast and crew will not be present at the festival, but there will a virtual interaction with the director after the screening.[17]

In an introduction to the film, Kirill Razlagov, the programming director of the festival, remarks that the film is evocative of the "deep-rooted spiritual connections between India and Russia.”


The film is produced by Abhilash S. Kumar, from Artbeat Studios, and the cinematography has been done by Alex Joseph.[1] Jayesh Mohan has worked as Associate Cinematographer in the film. The film's composer is Basil CJ and lyrics were penned by Sherin Catherine. The movie was shot in Idukki, Kerala, and Cumbum, Tamil Nadu, and the location sound was handled by Sandeep Madhavam and Jiji Joseph.[4]

Since the film is set in 1956, Palathara chose to use cultural references, as well cinematic techniques, that evoke the period.[4] Hailing from Idukki, Palathara has included stories from his family's past to lend authenticity to the narrative.[18]


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  8. Ramachandran, Naman; Ramachandran, Naman (2019-10-06). "India's Artbeat Studios Launches at Busan With 'Travancore' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  9. "'1956 മധ്യതിരുവിതാംകൂര്‍' ഗോവ രാജ്യാന്തര ചലച്ചിത്രമേളയിൽ; 22 ന് പ്രദര്‍ശനം". Express Kerala. 2019-11-17. Retrieved 2019-12-29.
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  12. Reporter, Staff (2019-11-05). "Don Palathara's period movie selected for Film Bazaar". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2020-08-28.
  13. "Moscow International Film Festival Biriyani movie and 1956 Central Travancore". www.thecue.in. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  14. "Malayalam films '1956, Central Travancore' and 'Biriyaani' selected for Moscow fest". www.magzter.com. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  15. www.thenewsminute.com https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/malayalam-films-1956-central-travancore-and-biriyaani-selected-moscow-fest-131833. Retrieved 2020-08-31. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ഡെസ്ക്, വെബ് (2020-08-27). "ഡോൺ പാലത്തറയുടെ '1956- മധ്യതിരുവിതാംകൂർ' മോസ്​കോ രാജ്യാന്തര ചലച്ചിത്രമേളയിലേക്ക്​ | Madhyamam". www.madhyamam.com. Retrieved 2020-08-31. zero width space character in |title= at position 46 (help)
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  18. "Don Palathara's period film 1956, Central Travancore to premiere at Moscow International Film Festival - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2020-08-31.

External links[edit]

Category:Malayalam-language films Category:Upcoming films Category:Indian films

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