Ottaal is a 2014 Malayalam-language Drama movie directed by Jayaraj and produced by K. Mohan and Vinod Vijayan under the banner of Director Cutz Film Company Ltd]]. Ottaal (The Trap) is an adaptation of one of Anton Chekhov's timeless works, Vanka. A story of the 18th century, but one that has travelled the time and space to be retold in the present day at a small village in the South of India. Kuttappayi, a young boy, is miserable and desperate as he starts writing a letter to his grandfather from a place, dim and dark. Kuttappayi's recollections takes us to the picturesque locations of Kuttanad, where Kuttappayi and his grandpa, Valiyappachayi, are arriving with their ducks. The village is as pleasant as it can be even though what brings him there is the death of his dearest parents. With hope and freedom, he is about to start his life afresh among the village's letterless postman, the nameless dog, the rich lad, Tinku and many . Ottaal features Ashanth K. Sha in the title role along with Kumarakom Vasudevan, Shine Tom Chacko, Sabitha Jayaraj, Thomas J. Kannampuzha, Sabitha Jayaraaj, Ashanth K. Shah and Vavachan in supporting roles. The screenplay is written by Joshy Mangalath which is inspired from Vanka by Anton Chekhov. The music was composed by Kavalam Narayana Panicker along with Sreevalsan J. Menon. Cinematography was done by M. J. Radhakrishnan and editing by B. Ajithkumar. The film has a running time of 81 minutes. It was released on 1st December 2014 in Malayalam and English languages. The Film was successful at box office. Ottaal was made on a budget of ₹2 crore and it was a super hit at box office gross of $72 million. Distribution rights for the motion picture were acquired by Qube India.
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