Aaraattu is a Malayalam Movie released in 2022, directed by B. Unnikrishnan and starred by Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu, Vijayaraghavan.

Plot of Malayalam Movie Aaraattu:

Neyyattinkara Gopan, an influential goon is stepping in to help Edathala Mathai do an illegal conversion of an 18-acre paddy field. But is he really who he says he is?

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Who is the director of Malayalam Movie Aaraattu?

Aaraattu is directed by B. Unnikrishnan.

Who acted in Malayalam Movie Aaraattu?

Main characters of Malayalam Movie Aaraattu are acted by Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu, Vijayaraghavan.

When is Aaraattu released?

Malayalam Movie Aaraattu was released on 2022-02-18.

How long is Malayalam Movie Aaraattu?

The running time of Aaraattu is 2h 47min.

Who is the writer of Malayalam Movie Aaraattu?

Aaraattu is written by Udaykrishnan.

Which Production Company made the Malayalam Movie Aaraattu?

The production company behind the making of Aaraattu is/are Hippo Prime Motion Pictures, MPM Group, RD Illuminations.

What genre does Malayalam Movie Aaraattu fall under?

Aaraattu is in the genre of Action, Drama.

Full list of actors and characters in Malayalam Movie Aaraattu:

Mohanlal as Neyyattinkara Gopan
Nedumudi Venu as Sreedharan Master
Vijayaraghavan as Edathala Mathai
Siddique as CI Sivasankaran
Saikumar as Sathyasheelan
Ganesh Kumar as NIA Officer
Johny Antony as Adv. Vettickal Sasi
Indrans as Tabalist Balan
Kochu Preman as Panchayat Opposition Leader
Nandu as Narayana Pillai
Ravikumar as Raghavan
Seetha as Janaki
Shraddha Srinath as RDO Anjali
Alexander Prasanth as Thankachan
V.K. Sriraman as TV Show Anchor
Rachana Narayanankutty as Rugmini
Riyaz Khan as Damodaran
Santhosh Keezhattoor as SP Ramdas IPS
Ramachandra Raju as Bada Raju
Prabhakar as Durga Reddy
Sreejith Ravi as SI Vishwambharan
Swasika Vijay as Balan’s Daughter
Kottayam Ramesh as Kumarji
Lukman Lukku as Mansoor
Neha Saxena as Swapna
Biju Pappan as Edathala Baby
Ashwin Kumar as Ayyappan
Pradeep Kottayam as Temple Priest
Shivaji Guruvayoor as Revenue Minister Rajendran
Rony David as Edathala Babu
Sadhika Venugopal as Sushama
Baiju Ezhupunna as Rambo
Gaadha as Subhadra
Malavika Menon as Balan’s Daughter
Meera Nair as Julie
Anjali Nair as District Collector
Tanvi Ram as Commissioner’s Daughter
Maya Vishwanath as Deepa
Dhruvan as Sreedharan Master’s Son
Anarkali Nazar as Sreedharan Master’s Daughter-in-law
Ramu as DGP
Sharik Khan as Sameer
Nandu Poduval as Revenue Minister’s PA
Biju Menon as Colonel Suryachandra Lal
Antony Perumbavoor as Self
A.R. Rahman as Self
Drums Shivamani as Self
Kalamandalam Gopi as Self
Bijukuttan as Sarasan (Local Villager)
Devan as T.N. Ramanathan
Sanjjanaa Galrani as Mohini
M.R. Gopakumar as Ayyappan (Tea Shop Owner)
Jaise Jose as Solomon (Gopan’s Bodyguard)
Mohan Jose as Vasavan
Hareesh Kanaran as Mani (Thief)
Suresh Krishna as Paulose Palamoodan (Sawmill Owner)
Prem Kumar as Sathyabalan (Neyyatinkara Local)
Alencier Ley Lopez as N.L. Abubakker (Party President)
Narayanan Nair as Radhakrishna Kaimal
Sampath Raj as Narayana Vaikundar
Abu Salim as Mahmud
Santhosh as Bhadran (Police Officer)
John Vijay as Veeramuthu Gounder

Producers and other crew members of Malayalam Movie Aaraattu:

Produced by: B. Unnikrishnan
Music by: Rahul Raj
Cinematography by: Vijay Ulaganath
Film Editing by: Shameer Muhammed
Production Design by: Joseph Nellikkal
Art Direction by: Shajie Naduvil
Costume Design by: Jishad Shamsudeen, Stephy Zaviour
Makeup Department: Jithesh Poyya (make up)
Production Management: Aroma Mohan (production controller)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director: E s Rahul (associate director (film segments))
Sound Department: Sankaran A.S. (sound designer (as Sankaran)), Roopesh AR (sound recordist: adr editor), Abhishek Cherian (a.d.r. recordist (as Abhishek Cheriyan)), Vivek Km Karma (production sound effects recordist), Sarathkumar Mariappan (foley supervisor), Sapthaa Records (ADR: Mix & Mastered), K.C. Sidharthan (sound designer), Narayanan Sp (Foley Recording and Foley Mixing Engineer), Vishnu Sujathan (re-recording mixer), Anoop Thomas (sound effects recordist)
Visual Effects by: Gowtham Chakravarthy (Visual Effects Supervisor: Accel Media Ventures Limited), Aswin Sanfran (visual effects coordinator)
Stunts: Anal Arasu (Action Director (as Anl Arasu)), Ravi Varma (action director)
Camera and Electrical Department: Navin Murali (still photographer), Abdul Sakkeer (associate cameraman)
Editorial Department: C.P. Remesh (colorist)
Music Department: Nikesh Chempilode (lyricist), Fejo (lyricist / playback singer), Rajeev Govindan (lyricist), Hari Narayanan (lyricist)
Additional Crew: Vivek Ranjit (Subtitler)

Videos of Malayalam Movie Aaraattu:

Aaraattu : Aaraattu Official Trailer | Mohanlal | Unnikrishnan B | Sakthi MPM | Udayakrishna | Rahul Raj | ARR

Aaraattu Theme Song Thalayude Vilayattu | Mohanlal | Rahul Raj | B.Unnikrishnan| M.G Sreekumar| Fejo

Aaraattu : Thaaruzhiyum Official Video Song | Mohanlal | Rahul Raj | Harishankar K.S| Unnikrishnan B

Aaraattu : Onnam Kandam Official Video Song | Mohanlal | Rahul Raj | Unnikrishnan B | Udaykrishna

Aaraattu : Neeharam Official Video Song | Mohanlal | Rahul Raj | M.G Sreekumar | Harinarayanan B.K

Aaraattu : Mukkala Muqabla – A.R. Rahman cameo appearance in Aarattu Movie

Aaraattu : Mohanlal Dance Making Video

Aaraattu : Mohanlal’s AARATTU (2022) New Released Hindi Dubbed Movie | Shraddha Srinath | New South Movie 2022

Short Synopsis of Malayalam Movie Aaraattu:

Aaraattu (lit. ‘Sacred dip’; transl. Grand festival), is a 2022 Indian Malayalam-language action film co-produced and directed by B. Unnikrishnan and written by Udaykrishna. The film stars Mohanlal with Shraddha Srinath, Ramachandra Raju, Siddique, Vijayaraghavan, Saikumar, and Nedumudi Venu in supporting roles. Rahul Raj composed the film’s original songs and background score.

The film was released on 18 February 2022 produced by RD Illuminations where it received mixed reviews from critics and audience.

Full Synopsis of Malayalam Movie Aaraattu:

Aaraattu (lit. ‘Sacred dip’; transl. Grand festival), is a 2022 Indian Malayalam-language action film co-produced and directed by B. Unnikrishnan and written by Udaykrishna. The film stars Mohanlal with Shraddha Srinath, Ramachandra Raju, Siddique, Vijayaraghavan, Saikumar, and Nedumudi Venu in supporting roles. Rahul Raj composed the film’s original songs and background score.

The film was released on 18 February 2022 produced by RD Illuminations where it received mixed reviews from critics and audience.

Plot

In Muthalakotta, a village in Palakkad, people are financially recovering from the 2018 floods through gaining self-sufficiency via numerous farming ventures. Four youngsters and an elderly person arrive at the village during the flood and help them. Following the flood, the group decides to stay back in the village. They take over majority of the farming from the villagers and start an ashram for yoga and spiritual practices. With the new state government mandate of turning any empty and unused land into farming land, the villagers, along with the Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) officer Anjali, beseech the wealthiest man in the village, Edathala Mathai, to give his 18-acre land to the government.

To avoid losing the plot and to start a township by changing the land category, he decides to lease his property to the slick Neyyattinkara Gopan, who plans to level the land under the guise of fish farming. However, Gopan is revealed to be actually siding with the villagers. He helps the villagers in farming which angers Mathai, and is involved in helping villagers solving their problems. Mathai sends goons to thrash Gopan, but he thrashes them. Gopan exposes Mathai’s involvement in money laundering, hawala scams. Mathai’s sons questions Sathyasheelan, who introduced them to Gopan and reveals that Gopan’s real name is Col. Suryachandra Lal, who had lost his parents when they were killed in a train journey by Muthalakotta Battalion (4 youngsters and Guruji), who are involved in many crimes.

The Muthalakotta Battalion arrived at Muthalakotta with a fake identity in order to save themselves. After the revelation, The youngsters kill Sathyasheelan. Gopan conducts a show with A. R. Rahman as the chief guest, where he defeats the group and gets them arrested by the NIA. The youngsters and Guruji are killed in a shootout conducted by the NIA. Soon, a cop reveals that Gopan is not Col. Suryachandra Lal and that the actual Suryachandra Lal is in army hospital undergoing treatment for depression. Gopan is then revealed to be a secret agent codenamed Agent X and participates in many secret missions with many different identities.

Cast

  • Mohanlal as Ganabushanam Neyyattinkara Gopan /Lt Colonel Suryachandra Lal/Agent X
  • Shraddha Srinath as RDO Anjali
  • Ramachandra Raju as Bada Raju
  • Siddique as CI Sivasankaran
  • Vijayaraghavan as Edathala Mathai
  • Saikumar as Sathyasheelan
  • Nedumudi Venu as Sreedharan Master
  • K. B. Ganesh Kumar as Chandrashekharan, Police Officer
  • Neha Saxena as Swapna / NIA officer
  • Rachana Narayanankutty as Rugmini, Agricultural officer
  • Nandhu as Narayana Pillai, Panchayat President
  • Maya Vishwanath as Deepa
  • Kottayam Ramesh as Kumarji / Shankar Vasudev, the Criminal
  • Ashwin Kumar as Ayyappan aka Shiva
  • Prasanth Alexander as Thankachan, Panchayath Member
  • Riyaz Khan as Damodaran “Damodarji”
  • Baiju Ezhupunna as Rambo, Gopan’s Bodyguard / NIA Officer
  • Biju Pappan as Edathala Baby
  • Rony David as Edathala Babu
  • Santhosh Keezhattoor as SP Ramdas IPS
  • Swasika as Balan’s Daughter
  • Malavika Menon as Balan’s Daughter
  • Ramu as DGP Santhosh Menon
  • Indrans as Tabalist Balan / Balettan
  • Shivaji Guruvayoor as Revenue Minister Rajendran
  • Johny Antony as Adv. Vettickal Sasi, Mathai’s Legal Advisor
  • Kochu Preman as Hari, Panchayath Opposition Leader
  • Anjali Nair as District Collector Fathima
  • Tanvi Ram as Commissioner’s Daughter (Cameo)
  • Sminu Sijo as Damodaran’s wife
  • Sreejith Ravi as SI Vishwambharan
  • Pradeep Kottayam as Krishnan, Temple Priest
  • Ravikumar as Raghavan, Suryachandra Lal’s Father
  • Seetha as Janaki, Suryachandra Lal’s Mother
  • Gaadha as Subhadra, Sreedharan Master’s Granddaughter
  • Sadhika Venugopal as Sushama, Edathala Baby’s Wife
  • Meera Nair as Julie, Edathala Babu’s Wife
  • Lukman Avaran as Shiva’s team mate
  • Anoop Davis as Shiva’s team mate
  • Roshan Chandra as Shiva team mate Rocky
  • Sharik Khan as Sameer, Shiva’s team mate
  • Nandhu Pothuval as Balu, Revenue Minister’s Personal Assistant
  • Antony Perumbavoor as Himself (Cameo)
  • Dhruvan as Sreedharan Master’s son (Cameo)
  • Udaykrishna as Himself (Cameo)
  • Biju Menon as Colonel Suryachandra Lal (Original) (Photo Presence)
  • A. R. Rahman as Himself (Cameo)
  • Sivamani as Himself (Cameo)
  • V. K. Sreeraman as TV show Anchor (Cameo)
  • Kalamandalam Gopi as Himself (Cameo)
  • Prabhakar as Durga Reddy (Cameo)
  • Anarkali Nazar (Cameo)

Production

Development

In May 2020, director B. Unnikrishnan shared a picture of him having a meeting with screenwriter Udaykrishna, cinematographer Jomon T. John, editor Shameer Muhammed and some technical crew for revealing that they are in the pre-production work of a film amid the COVID-19 lockdown in India. In October, it was revealed that Mohanlal would play the leading role in the film which has a rustic story where he plays the role of a villager. Filming was said to begin in mid-November after Mohanlal completes filming of Drishyam 2. The film marks the first collaboration between Unnikrishnan and Udaykrishna. Unnikrishnan said that he, Mohanlal, and Udaykrishnan were originally working on another project with a dark subject. Its final discussion were going on before the shoot of Drishyam 2, but with surging COVID-19 cases it became near impossible to shoot the film at that time which required to be shot at multiple locations. It was then Mohanlal suggested that they work on a “festive kind of film” as a change against the increasing number of darker films produced during that time and Udaykrishna developed a story that shaped into Aaraattu.

Unnikrishnan said that they estimate a budget of ₹18 crore, in which ₹30 lakh will be allotted for COVID-19 precautions, and the film would have a larger than usual crew by COVID-19 pandemic standards, which would take 60 days to shoot. Cast and crew agreed to work with a reduced remuneration considering the COVID-19 crisis. Unnikrishnan said that, in a normal scenario the film would have cost ₹30 crore. Title of the film was announced in November 2020. Vijay Ulaganath was reported as the cinematographer instead of John. The film was produced by the production houses RD Illuminations, Hippo Prime Motion Pictures, and Movie Pay Media’s.

Casting

Aaraattu was Unnikrishnan’s first film to feature as many as 45 characters. Mohanlal plays Neyyattinkara Gopan, whom Unnikrishnan describes as a “loud character from the get-go”. Mohanlal was confirmed in the film in October 2020. In the same month, Shraddha Srinath was confirmed in the female lead role, who plays an I.A.S officer serving as Revenue Division Officer. Shraddha was acting in a Malayalam film after a break of five years. Ramachandra Raju was confirmed in January 2021.

Filming

The crew has planned to shoot the film in Palakkad and Hyderabad. Vijay Ulaganath was the cinematographer. The filming was done following the COVID-19 protocols and safety measures. The film began principal photography on 23 November 2020 in Palakkad district. Shraddha Srinath joined the set on the following day. Varikkasseri Mana served as a location for the film. Some significant portions were shot at Ottapalam and Ooty. The two day shoot at the Palakkad Town railway station costs ₹23.46 lakhs for renting six coaches from Indian Railways. Mohanlal’s character drives a vintage black Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 with 2255 on the number plate, a reference to Mohanlal’s iconic line from his 1986 film Rajavinte Makan. Mohanlal completed his portion by 11 February 2021, with one day shoot left to be shot in March second week. Composer A. R. Rahman appeared in a song sequence along with Mohanlal in March. It was filmed at Chennai. Filming was completed in late March 2021.

Music

Aaraattu
Soundtrack album by

Rahul Raj
Released2022
Recorded2021
GenreFilmi
LabelSaina
ProducerRahul Raj
Rahul Raj chronology
Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea
(2021)
Aaraattu
(2022)
Thaaram

The original songs and background score of the film were composed by Rahul Raj. Lyrics for the songs were written by B. K. Harinarayanan, Rajeev Govindan, Fejo, and Nikesh Chembilode. A. R. Rahman has done a cameo and performed a song in the film. Unnikrishnan said that it was difficult to hire Rahman for the film since he rarely appears in films. He appears in a pivotal portion in the film. The final mix of the film was going on in November 2021.

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1.“Onnam Kandam Keri”Rajeev GovindanSwetha Ashok, Narayani Gopan, Yasin Nizar, Mithun Jayaraj, Aswin Vijayan, Rajkumar Radhakrishnan03:53
2.“Thalayude Vilayaattu”Harinarayanan B.K., Fejo (Rap)M. G. Sreekumar, Fejo (Rap)4:01
3.“Thaaruzhiyum”Nikesh ChembilodeK. S. Harisankar, Poornasree4:46
4.“Neeharam Pozhiyum”Harinarayanan B.K.M. G. Sreekumar4:57
5.“Mukkalla Mukabulla Remake Kadhalan A.R.RahmanA.R. Rahman 
Total length:21:47

Release

Aaraattu was released worldwide theatrically on 18 February 2022. Originally scheduled for 20 August 2021, the premiere was postponed due to closure of theatres in Kerala because of COVID-19 pandemic in India. Then, the film’s release date was pushed to 13 October 2021, but it was again postponed due to the same reason. it was then moved to 10 February 2022, but delayed again.

Reception

Critical Response

The film received mixed reviews from critics and audience. OTTplay gave the film 3/5 and wrote “All-out Mohanlal show works only when it doesn’t take itself too seriously”The Times of India rated the film 3/5 and wrote “Aaraattu is not a clever film, but if you are looking for a ‘return to the theatre’ family entertainer, this might serve your purpose.”The News Minute’s Sowmya Rajendran gave the film 1.5/5 star rating and called it “loud, bombastic and boring.” The New Indian Express rated the film 3/5 and called the film test.” Malayala Manorama called the movie “a charade of old master pieces” referring to the references to old Malayalam movies of Mohanlal. The Week also gave the movie a 2.5/5 star rating and called it “unoriginal mish-mash of classic ‘Mohanlal moments’ and tropes.

Box office

The film grossed around ₹22 crore (US$2.8 million) against a budget of 20 crores.The film was a box-office bomb.

In popular culture

The term AARAADUKAYAANU has become a new catchphrase among Malayalis. Upcoming music producer Tony Tarz uploaded the edited reaction video of a Mohanlal fan Santhosh Varkey to the movie Aaraattu by adding rap bits to an auto-tuned version of his phrase ‘Aaradukayanu’. The video quickly garnered over 1.5 million views on 5 August 2022 in Instagram and memes also trended related to the rap song.