Ariyippu creates history as it becomes the first Malayalam movie to get selected at the Main Competition Section of the 75th Locarno Film Festival. The festival has chosen Ariyippu (Declaration) to be showcased at the festival.The Film Festival will open on the August 3, 2022. This also marks an Indian movie getting selected after 17 long years.The director of the movie, Mahesh Narayanan opened up about the selection of the film. He said, “It is really an honour to be selected to the international competition section of such a prestigious film festival. I have tried to stay true and honest in finding a different cinematic idiom to tell this story and I now feel grateful that it has been rewarded”.
Actor and producer Kunchacko Boban also rejoiced at the latest production from his banner getting selected. He said, “It indeed is a personal honour for me as well and a tribute to my grandfather and my father who carried the legacy of making great Malayalam films throughout these years.” He also added, “I thank and I am really grateful to my dear friend, writer, co-producer and director Mahesh Narayanan, co-producer Shebin Backer and the entire team of ‘Ariyippu’ for being part of such a beautiful and unforgettable journey.”Ariyippu centers around the lives of a struggling Malayali couple who dream of migrating out of the country for a better life. It also explores emotional, social, and marital imbalances in their relationship.