Thiruvananthapuram | A Malayalam anthology film, which focuses on the struggles and challenges faced by women, is all set to hit screens by this year end.
Titled “Crossroad”, the movie is an attempt to string together 10 short films packed in the canvas of a big movie.
The innovative initiative is being made by ‘Forum for Better Films,’ a state-based platform helmed by eminent director Lenin Rajendran, also the chairman of state-run Kerala Chalachitra Academy.
Rajendran said the movie would bring an array of leading actresses and directors together on a single platform.
“‘Crossroad’ is an attempt by 11 directors to look from their own perspective at the problems and challenges faced by women in the modern society,” he told PTI.
All the short movies, with duration of 10-15 minutes, will deal with the lives of women, he said.
Besides Rajendran, Rajeev Ravi, Madhupal, Pradeep Nair, Asok R Nath, Sashi Paravoor, Avira Rebecca, Albert, Nemom Pushparaj and Babu Thiruvalla are among those who direct the films for the anthology.
Debutante Nayana Sooryan is the lone woman among them.
Award-winning actresses like Parvathy, Padmapriya and Mamtha Mohandas, besides Shruthy Menon and Srinda would be playing the lead in various films, he said.
“The story and issues of each women, around us, will be different. Through the movie, we are trying to portray various layers of their life and thoughts,” he said.
The ‘Mazha’ director also said there are a large number of men who are sensitive to women’s issues and so the male directors could brilliantly portray the female life in their films in the anthology.
“Crossroad” is scheduled to release by this December end, he said.
On future projects of Forum for Better Films, Rajendran said another anthology movie based on the stories of eight modern writers is on the anvil.
The function of “Crossroad” was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here yesterday.