Katha Parayumpol (2007)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 15 mins

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The film revolves around a villager, who had shared a strong friendship with a popular cinema actor in their youth. However due to their different pursuit in careers they eventually are forced to part ways, one becoming a national figure, the other, a village barber. Decades later, the actor returns to the village to participate in his film's shooting. Whilst the entire village become excited about the prospect of seeing the actor, the barber fears that his old friend would have forgotten him and would neglect him. The story explores the pressures of friendship.
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Cast: Mammootty, Shafna Sajin

Crew: M Mohanan (Director), P Sukumar (Director of Photography), M Jayachandran (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 14 Dec 2007 (India)

Malayalam Name: കഥ പറയുമ്പോള്‍

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Did you know? It was remade in three languages: in Tamil as "Kuselan" (2008), in Telugu as "Kathanayakudu" (2008), and in Hindi as "Billu" (2009). Read More
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as Scariah Thomas
as Eappachan Muthalali
as Government Officer
as School Principal
as Devasya
as Sridevi
as Venu
as Sarasan
as Das Vadakkemuri
as EP Balan
as Pappan Kudamaloor




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2.39:1 (Scope)
Music Label: Satyam Audios

Music Director: M Jayachandran
Playback Singer: Pradeep Palluruthy

Music Director: M Jayachandran
Kannada actor/director, Ramesh Aravind has announced the remake in Kannada as well. The film will be directed by him and will contain no alterations to the story. Actor Komal will play the barber role while Ganesh will don the Superstar role.

Noted Director Priyadarshan was highly impressed with the film that he immediately bought rights for the Hindi remake of the film. Priyadarshan had screened the film to noted actor, Shah Rukh Khan, who was highly impressed with the film that he signed onto the Hindi remake, "Billu" as well as producing it under his Red Chillies Entertainment. Khan suggested that Priyan should stick to the original script sans any alterations. Also, 3 item numbers by Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra are to be added into the film's promotion. Movie completed 130 days in theatres.

Following the extraordinary success it enjoyed in Malayalam, the film was remade in Tamil as "Kuselan" and Telugu as "Kathanayakudu". Sreenivasan's role was played by Pasupathi and Mammootty's role was played by Rajnikanth in Tamil and Jagapati Babu in Telugu. But both these versions strayed from the original with many extra characters and changes in the storyline resulting in dismal failures.

The film was released without much hype, but did extremely well in the box office and was declared as one of the biggest hits of 2007. It is the third biggest grosser of 2007 after "Mayavi" and "Hallo".

he film was mainly shot at various locations in Melukavu.

"Katha Parayumpol" was a great critical success and was one of the biggest hits of the year, while the remake versions failed to impress critics as well as audiences.

It was remade in three languages: in Tamil as "Kuselan" (2008), in Telugu as "Kathanayakudu" (2008), and in Hindi as "Billu" (2009).