Minnal Murali, the long-awaited Indian superhero film, is finally streaming into our homes this week. The film, which will be released via Netflix, tells the story of Jaison, an ordinary man who becomes a superhuman after being struck by lightning. The film stars Mollywood idol Tovino Thomas as the lead. Minnal Murali was filmed in locations such as Alappuzha and Wayanad in Kerala and Karnataka.
The Netflix superhero movie had hit the headlines in May last year after several right-wing groups destroyed around Rs. 50 lakh together of Minnal Murali claim that the whole church has hurt their religious feelings. The Antharashtra Hindu Parishad (AHP) and Bajrang Dal have publicly claimed responsibility for the vandalism of the set which was near Adi Sankaracharya mutt at Kalady near Ernakulam in Kerala.
The film was scheduled to hit theaters in the second half of 2020, but was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In September this year, Netflix announced that it had acquired Minnal Murali. Later that month, the subscription platform announced the film’s Christmas Eve release date.
Minnal Murali India Release Date
Minnal Murali premiered on the annual program of the Mumbai Film Festival on December 16. Minnal Murali will be available on Christmas Eve, December 24 on Netflix in India and globally. The film lasts 2 hours and 39 minutes.
The Malayalam film will also have Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English dubs.
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India’s Minnal Murali Release Time
Almost all new content is released on Netflix at midnight Pacific Time relative to Netflix headquarters.
From mid-March to early November, midnight PT corresponds to 12:30 p.m. IST. The rest of the year it is 1:30 PM IST.
Therefore, Minnal Murali will begin streaming on Netflix in India at 1:30 p.m. IST on December 24.
The cast of Minnal Murali
The leading man of Malayalam cinema, Tovino Thomas, plays the protagonist Jaison, or the superhuman Minnal Murali. Speaking about his role in the film, Thomas said, “I have been attached and attached to the character of Minnal Murali from the very beginning. I spent all my time communicating with my manager to ensure the best possible outcome and immense work went into creating Minnal Murali.”
A versatile cast joins him in key roles, including Guru Somasundaram as Shibu, Vasisht Umesh as Jaison’s nephew, Josemon, who is interested in superheroes, and Aju Varghese as brother-in-law. and Jaison’s police officer, Pothan.
Femina George makes her big screen debut as martial arts teacher “Bruce Lee” Biji in the film. Other prominent actors including Harisree Ashokan, Mammukoya, Bijukuttan, and Baiju Santhosh also star in the film.
The film’s director Basil Joseph plays a role in the film.
Minnal Murali director, screenwriter, producer
Minnal Murali is director Basil Joseph’s third directing project after Kunjiramayanam (2015) and Godha (2017), for which he collaborated with lead actor Thomas.
“We wanted to create a superhero that people could identify with and connect with on an emotional level,” Joseph said in a prepared statement. “Although the essence of a superhero movie is the action, our real efforts have been focused on creating a strong narrative that could stand on its own while supporting the action.”
The film’s screenplay is by Arun Anirudhan (Padayottam, 2018) and Justin Mathew.
Minnal Murali is produced by Sophia Paul under the Weekend Blockbusters banner. Speaking about the film, Paul said, “Our goal was to make Minnal Murali a well-rounded film and a family entertainer with something for everyone. Alongside the story are the incredible actors who all delivered surreal performances and the crew whose efforts will make people want to watch the movie again and again.
Cinematographer Sameer Thahir (Big B, 2007) wields the camera to Minnal Murali. Manu Manjith (Aanandam, 2016) is the lyricist, Shaan Rahman (Take Off, 2017) and Sushin Shyam (Kumbalangi Nights, 2019) are the composers, Livingston Mathew (Adventures of Omanakuttan, 2017) is the editor, and Vlad Rimburg (Lucifer, 2019) is the director of the action.
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Synopsis by Minnal Murali
Set in the 90s, Minnal Murali is the origin story of an ordinary man-turned-superhero Murali, who is struck by lightning, which grants him special powers.
Minnal Murali Trailer
The official trailer for Minnal Murali was launched by Netflix at the end of October. Netflix has released a second “bonus” trailer of Minnal Murali earlier this month.
The bonus trailer shows glimpses of a village that has caught fire and is in chaos.
Songs by Minnal Murali
Minnal Murali The soundtrack features six original songs composed by Rahman and Shyam. The music album of Minnal Murali with eight tracks was released by Muzik 247 at the end of November.
Tracks include Rahman’s Uyire, Edukka Kaashayi, Aaromal and Niranju Thaarakangal and Shyam’s Thee Minnal, Kugramame, Raavil and Tribal Song. The lyrics for all the tracks on the album were written by Manjinath.
The songs of Minnal Murali can be streamed from Muzik 247 YouTube channel or any other music streaming platform.
Minnal Murali comic strip
Before its release, Minnal Murali published a creative ad campaign in the Malayalam daily Malayala Manorama.
In the first comic released on December 20, the desi superhero is shown helping someone who has been wrongfully assaulted by the police. Minnal Murali appears with a thunderclap and throws some stunts.
Another showed him helping the female Thunder who took a wrong turn to land at Kurukan Moolaland. Murali comes to help him with his bike and helps him find his way.
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Minnal Murali’s review
The first reviews of Minnal Murali are available on Wednesday, after the review embargo is lifted at 1:30 p.m. IST.
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Minnal Murali Poster
Here is the official poster of Minnal Murali from Netflix: