Original name: Ariyippu
English name: Declaration
Run time: 107 Minutes
Language: Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Director: Mahesh Narayanan
Producer: Shebin Backer, Kunchacko Boban, Mahesh Narayanan
Cast: Kunchacko Boban, Divya Prabha, Lovleen Misra, Danish Husain, Kannan Arunasalam, Faisal Malik, Kiran Peethambaran, Sidharth Bhardwaj, Dimpy Mishra
Screenplay: Mahesh Narayanan
Cinematographer: Sanu John Varughese
Editor: Mahesh Narayanan, Rahul Radhakrishnan
Sound Designer: Vysakh P V, Vishnu Govind
Music Composer: Sushin Shyam Production Company: Moving Narratives
World Sales: Moving Narratives
Mahesh Narayanan is a film editor, writer, director, cinematographer and producer from Kerala. His films have been screened at the Locarno, Moscow, Rotterdam, IFF India, and Shanghai film festivals. His directorial debut Take Off (2017) garnered him Kerala State Award for Debut Director, Special Jury Silver Peacock Awards at IFF India 2017, a Special Mention at National Film Awards 2017 and, many other national, international acclaims. His film Malik (2021) was part of the programme at IFF Rotterdam. His latest film Ariyippu (Declaration) competed in the the Concorso Internazionale section of the Locarno IFF, where it competed for the Golden Leopard.
Hareesh and Reshmi are an immigrant couple from the south of India working in a medical gloves manufacturing factory near Delhi. During the Covid-19 lockdowns, when an old video resurfaces among the workers of that factory, it opens up a pandora’s box that threatens Hareesh and Reshmi’s jobs, as well as their marriage. Finally, as desperation and hostility keep mounting, the two are forced to confront their own needs and desires while choosing between a life of conscience or one of compromise.