‘Puzhu’ director Ratheena commences work on her next, ‘Paathirathri’

K V Abdul Nazer is bankrolling the movie, featuring Soubin Shahir and Navya Nair, under the Benzy Productions' banner.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 10, 2024 | 4:03 PMUpdatedJun 10, 2024 | 7:28 PM

Ratheena, Navya Nair, and Soubin Shahir

Ratheena, the director of Puzhu (2022), has announced her next film, Paathirathri, featuring Soubin Shahir and Navya Nair in the lead roles. The switch-on ceremony for the project took place on 10 June, in Kochi.

During the event, scriptwriters Shahi Kabeer and Shaji Marad presented the screenplay to director Ratheena. The title of the movie was unveiled by Soubin Shahir and Navya Nair.

As indicated by the tagline “One Night, Two Cops,” Paathirathri explores incidents involving two policemen at night.


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The film is produced by KV Abdul Nazer under the Benzy Productions banner, which previously bankrolled Oruthee (2022) featuring Navya Nair.

The screenplay for Paathirathri was written by Shaji Marad, known for his acclaimed film, Ela Veezha Poonchira (2022).

In addition to Soubin Shahir and Navya Nair, the Paathirathri cast includes Sunny Wayne, Shabareesh Varma, and Ann Augustine. Shehnad Jalal handles the cinematography, while Jakes Bejoy composes the music.

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Soubin Shahir, who’s working on Pravinkoodu Shappu, directed by debutant Sreeraj Sreenivasan, appeared in the recently-released, Nadikar (2024) and also played the key role of Kuttan in the blockbuster Manjummel Boys (2024).

Navya Nair was last seen in Janaki Jaane (2023) and is further set to play the female lead in Suresh Gopi’s new movie, Varaham.

Watch out for Paathirathri

Expectations are high for this one, as Ratheena’s debut film Puzhu addressed serious issues and sparked discussions on caste discrimination prevalent in Kerala.

The Malayalam film marks Ratheena’s directorial debut, featuring Mammootty and Parvathy Thiruvothu in pivotal roles.

Critics praised the movie, especially noting Mammootty’s performance.

The psychological drama is available for streaming on SonyLIV in Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada.

A month ago, controversy arose when Ratheena’s estranged husband claimed on a YouTube channel that Puzhu insulted the upper-caste community. He criticised Mammootty and questioned whether the veteran actor had read the script.

He also alleged that Harshad, one of the scriptwriters, was an “extreme Islamist.”

This led to an outcry among right-wing supporters, who accused Mammootty of communal propaganda and called for a boycott of his films.

However, Mammootty received support from political leaders, including those from the ruling CPI(M) and the opposition Congress in Kerala.

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