Kochi, Nov 5: In a pioneering initiative, National Award winning Malayalam film “Ottaal”, directed by noted filmmaker Jayaraj, will be released online through www.reelmonk.com, an independent movie platform, on the same day as its theatrical release. Reelmonk.com, created by Xincoz Labs, is the brainchild of three 22-year-olds from Kochi – Blaise Crowly, Vivek Paul and Gautham Vyas, and is promoted by Konglo Ventures.(Read: Mahesh Bhatt ropes in Ghulam Ali for Milne Do) Also Read - Malayalam Actor Anil Nedumangad Dies by Drowning in Malankara Dam, Industry Mourns
The film will hit the theatres on Friday, and it will also be available on Reelmonk.com for downloads at prices starting at Rs.180. Through Reelmonk, producers have started to legally release Malayalam films for foreign audiences. These can be streamed or downloaded anywhere anytime within a few months after the theatrical release. The films are released on Reelmonk in full HD quality and can be downloaded to a laptop or PC or even streamed to TV via HDMI. Also Read - Malayalam Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran Tests Positive for COVID-19 This Time, Urges Contacts to Isolate or Get Tested
“Malayalam movie industry is rich in diversity of great content. I have noticed great interest for Malayalam movies from a global community of movie lovers. Reelmonk.com will give them the opportunity to access the Malayalam movies they love, easily especially with features like pay per download and subtitles,” said Jayaraj, director of “Ottaal”. Also Read - Veteran Malayalam Filmmaker AB Raj Passes Away Due to Cardiac Arrest at 95
Blaise Crowly, CEO, Reelmonk.com, said that till recently, most people were not ready to pay for something that was already available through torrent networks. “But today, there is a market and producers are recognizing the revenue potential of online release. The only people who are adversely affected by us are the movie pirates,” said Crowly.
“When we decided to begin Reelmonk.com, we always pitched it as a platform for same day release of Malayalam movies. We have hosted quite a few amazing movies like ‘Njan Steve Lopez’ and ‘Kanyaka Talkies’ on this platform, but the dream of same day release has become a reality with ‘Ottaal’,” said Vivek Paul, COO, Reelmonk.com.
“Ottaal”, an adaptation of “Vanka”, a short story by Russian writer Anton Chekhov, won two national awards for Best Screenplay and Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation and the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film. It has been selected for the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India, to be held in Goa later this month.