The 84-minute film tells the story of a middle-class Muslim society and is partially inspired by the stories of Toppil Mohammed Miran and Firdous Rajakumaran.
“It was a very special moment,” says SPP director Bhaskaran of receiving praise from his mentors, director Bharathiraj and K. Bhagyaraj, for his first feature film. Insha Allah… He recently hosted a private screening for film veterans in Chennai. “They spoke positively about the film, the location, the cinematography that T.S. Prasanna from Blue Ocean Film and Television Academy, and on live recordings. But what caught them off guard was the performances of the poet Vikramathitan and his wife Bhagavati Ammal, who play an elderly couple in the film. The Vikramatitan has played character roles in director Bala’s award-winning films such as Naan Kadavul… “
After going through the festival cycle (it got into the official selection at 32 film festivals and received nine awards at international film festivals), the film is being prepared for theatrical screening in Tamil Nadu on October 15. Bhaskaran filmed in the village of Pillarpuram in Coimbatore, where hundreds of families from different religious communities live in perfect harmony.
Five tenets of Islam
The 84-minute film tells the story of a middle-class Muslim society and is partly inspired by the stories of Toppil Mohammed Miran and Firdous Rajakumaran. He chose death as a central theme, and the script touches on the five principles of Islam, including daily prayers, the distribution of alms (zakat), fasting during Ramadan, pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj) and confession of faith.
The protagonist is an ambulance driver, played by Mogli K Mohan (who has starred in films such as Kirumi, Bakrid and Master). Abdul Salam of Thanjavur, who has ties to Kamala Amma, the wife of the late actor Shivaji Ganesan, plays an important role in the film. “He converted to Islam many years ago and Shivaji Ganeshan’s family supported his decision and supported him. He plays the role of an elderly man who is saving money for the Hajj but giving it away to support the marriage of a girl in need. ”
In memory of Jabaramma
The film also features footage of Cheraman Juma Masjid, considered the country’s first mosque, located in Kodungallor in Kerala, and an 800-year-old mosque in Kiranur, near Palani. Insha Allah the producer is Shahul Hamid under his flag of Nesam Entertainment Private Limited. “To learn more about this community, I moved to Karumbukadai, a Muslim-populated area in Coimbatore, and lived there for six months,” says Bhaskaran, whose first short film Naanudaimai won acclaim at online short film festivals. Insha Allahhe says it sheds light on the philosophy of the Islamic way of life.
The film is dedicated to the late Jabaramma, who caused disorder in Pillarpuram. “She fed us all three meals a day during our 30 days of filming. During my time there, I wrote a character based on her and pushed her to play the role. Although she was embarrassed to look at the camera, she learned acting in a workshop that the late Arunmoji and his team led during our filming and acted confidently. Her role in the film demonstrates how appearances become commonplace in a loving relationship. ”