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Tulu movie ‘Paddayi’ receives national honour

Mangaluru: The Tulu movie ‘Paddayi’ has received national honour after being selected as the best regional movie at the 65th National Film Award Function. The Tulu movie ‘Paddayi’ was produced by Nityananda Pai from Karkala and award-winning director Abhaya Simha from Mangaluru, tells the story of the fishermen living along the coast.

This is the fifth time a Tulu movie has received national honour. Four previous movies including ‘Bangar Patler’, ‘Koti Chennaya’, ‘Gaggara’ and ‘Madipu’ have received national honours.

“‘Paddayi’ movie was created in a unique environment and had made us happy on being conferred the national honour. This victory is due to the collaborative effort of the entire team.  This is an honour for Tulu cinema,” said ‘Paddayi’ producer, Nityananda Pai.

The famous Shakespeare drama ‘Macbeth’ is the inspiration behind ‘Paddayi’ movie. This movie highlights the life and feelings of the Mogaveera community. The folklore, culture and performance arts of Tulunadu have been richly captured in the movie. The movie which runs for an hour and forty minutes displays the prominent acts of Mohan Sheni, Bindu Rakshidi, Gopinath Bhat, Chandrahas Ullal, Ravi Bhat, Sadashiva Dharmasthala, Shrinidhi Achar, Avinash Rai, Mallika Jyothigudde, Vani Periyodi, Santosh Shetty and Prabhakar Kapikad.

Manikant Kadri is the music and song director and the cinematography was done by Vishnuprasad from Puttur. Screenplay is by Prakash Pandit, soundtrack by Jamie D’Silva, sound design by Jamie and Shishira K.V.  and Rajesh Kudla has done managed the construction. The film was shot in 21 days between August and October last in Mangaluru region.

‘Paddayi’ from the coast

‘Paddayi’ in Tulu language means west. In coastal Karnataka, when fishermen venture out into the sea for fishing, it is popularly called as going for ‘Paddayi’. 19 days of shooting, first took place at Padukere in Maple. The remaining shooting was done at Mangaluru and Udupi.

All the artists of this movie stayed for one whole week with Malpe fishermen families to understand and study the Tulu accent of the fishermen along with their lifestyle and behavior.  For the first time in Tulu film industry, this film has made use of sync sound.

‘Paddayi’ film producer Nityananda Pai from Karkala has given a new dimension to this film by implementing his aim of creating a film with values and social concern. Winning the national award has made me happy, says the award-winning director Abhaya Simha.

Director Abhaya Simha’s first film ‘Gubbacchigalu’ won the national award for best childrren’s movie in 2008. His second film ‘Shikari’ (2012) made history by bringing the famous Malyalam actor Mamooty into Kannada industry. His third movie was ‘Sakkare’ (2013) starring Ganesh. ‘Paddayi’ is his fourth movie direction which is also his first Tulu film direction.

‘Paddayi’has been chosen for screening in the New York Indian Film Festival 2018 from May 7 to May 12. It has also been selected for Bengaluru International Film Festival and Innovative Film Festival.  The film would be released in cinemas in the first week of June.

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