Jayaraj's 'Bhayanakam' hits the screens today

Actors Renji Panicker (L) and Asha Sharath play lead roles in the film.
Actors Renji Panicker (L) and Asha Sharath play lead roles in the film.

The movie 'Bhayanakam', which earned the national award for the best director for ace filmmaker Jayaraj, will hit the screens on Friday.

The period drama, which is based on a chapter in the epic novel 'Kayar' written by Jnanpith-winner Thakazhi Shivasankara Pillai, tells the story of Kuttanad in the pre-Independence era when youths in large numbers joined the British India army to fight in World War II.

Set in the idyllic locales of Kumarakom and adjoining areas in Kottayam district, the movie weaves in contrasting moods of hope and despair among villagers.

A postman in the village, played by Renji Panicker, is the central character. He is initially seen as the messiah heralding fortune, but is soon seen as a dreaded jinx for villagers with the onset of war and its repercussions. Asha Sharath plays the female lead in the film.

The music is by veteran composer MK Arjunan, who had won the state award for the movie.

Nikhil S. Praveen cranked the camera for the film and went on to win the national award for the best cinematographer.

The movie is produced by Dr. Suresh Kumar Muttath under the banner of Prakriti Pictures.