One needs real guts to experiment with the aesthetics of Malayalee audience with a movie like “Minnal Murali” and Basil Joseph has shown us how raw talent in film making can make a super hero character connect beautifully with the Malayalee psyche.
In fact, Basil’s craft in “Minnal Murali” has now received international recognition when he won the Best Director (Fiction) honour at Asian Academy Creative Awards instituted to recognise the best film content from 16 APAC countries. Basil received the award for directing superhero film Minnal Murali at the award function which took place at the Chijmes Hall in Singapore on Thursday.
“There have been tons of superhero stories in the past and creating one with a new story and vision was challenging to say the least. The Asian Academy Creative Awards recognising my work and praising it has showcased my success in doing so,” Basil said after winning the award.
“It has been a joyride to work with such incredible actors, producers, writers and Netflix. I am so excited. I am proud and honoured to represent Malayalam film industry,” Basil said.
“Minnal Murali”, starring Tovino Thomas in the lead, won accolades from the audience for creating a highly local Super hero figure in the likes of Superman and Thor which Malayalees have so far only enjoyed in Hollywood films mainly produced by Marvel. Though critics were sceptical about Malayalees accepting such a Super hero theme, the film turned out to be whole family entertainer with both grown ups and children enjoying it. The success of “Minnal Murali” has now prompted Basil and his team to plan a sequel which will be released in the near future.