Unfolding in the scenic South of India, Ottaal is a contemporary retelling of Anton Chekov’s short story, Vanka. Winner of the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the moving film follows Kuttappayi, a young boy who lives with his grandfather in the idyll of Kuttanad. The two play out a life idyll: fishing, playing, herding ducks: until the grandfather is stricken ill. A timeless story suitable for all audiences, Otaal explores the effects of poverty in contemporary society.
Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair
Ashanth K Sha, Kumarakom Vasavan, Shine Tom Chacko, Sabitha Jayaraj
Film Festivals and Awards
Winner Crystal Bear at Berlin Film Festival
Winner Best Film at International Film Festival of Kerala
Winner Film for Social Impact at Mumbai Film Festival.
Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair, often credited as Jayaraj, is a prolific Indian Malayali filmmaker. He is known forVidyarambham (1990), (1993), Highway (1995), Desadanam (1996), Kaliyattam (1997), 4 the People (2004), and Ottaal (2015).