Minnal Murali, the much delayed Malayalam superhero movie, is set to skip a cinema release and premiere globally on Netflix.
Produced by Weekend Blockbusters, the film is directed by Basil Joseph and will see Malayalam icon, Tovino Thomas as the superhero ‘Minnal Murali,’ which is a story of an ordinary man who is struck by a bolt of lightning which bestows him with special powers. The film will premiere with dubs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English.
Joseph commented: “We wanted to create a superhero that people could relate to and connect with on an emotional level. Though the essence of a superhero movie is the action, our genuine efforts were focused on having a strong narrative that could stand on its own while backing the action. The film is going to be a really exciting one and I am looking forward to the release. It has been a dream project for the entire team and I am glad that the film is releasing on Netflix.”
Sophia Paul from Weekend Blockbusters added: “As a producer, this was my most challenging yet gratifying experience. I am proud of this journey. We brought together the best team of actors, technicians and platforms for the rise of this ‘local’ superhero – Minnal Murali. This superhero movie transcends languages, as at the core, it’s a human story of emotions and circumstances. I am thrilled and proud of Minnal Murali. I am glad that we got an opportunity to join hands with Netflix on their upcoming Malayalam film. Minnal Murali is just the beginning. We are just getting started.”
Pratiksha Rao, Director, Films and Licensing, Netflix India, commented “Malayalam cinema has gripped the audiences with innovative storytelling and incredible filmmaking craft. As we expand our film slate to include more diverse Malayalam stories, we are excited to bring the widely anticipated, Minnal Murali as a Netflix Film. This must-see local superhero story, starring Tovino Thomas, will move and entertain audiences everywhere.”
The film was initally set for a release in late 2020, but was postponed multiple times due to the pandemic. It will now launch on Netflix on Decemerb 24th.