Akasathinte Niram (English: Colour of Sky) is a 2012 Malayalam film written and directed by Dr. Biju. The film was shot entirely on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands with a cast that includes Indrajith, Nedumudi Venu, Amala Paul and Prithviraj. The film revolves around a burglar who is trapped on a scarcely populated island and his getting to understand how nature blends with life. It premiered at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June 2012. It was subsequently screened at various film festivals where it received several honours.
A 60-year-old man lives on a pristine, isolated island. He visits the nearby harbour in a motor boat once a month to sell handicrafts. A young burglar keeps tabs on him and one day jumps onto the motor boat and demands money. The old man remains calm and takes the motor boat towards his island where the young man remains trapped. He meets the people who live with the old man, a 7-year-old boy, a 20-year-old deaf and mute lady and a middle-aged man with a stammer. The intruder confronts rare life situations for the first time. His concept about life changes as he understands how nature blends with life.Indrajith as the Young man
Nedumudi Venu as the Old man
Amala Paul as the Young Lady
Prithviraj as Doctor
Anoop Chandran as Helper
Master Govardhan as Boy
Indrans as Helper
V. K. Sreeraman as Writer
Geetha Salaam as Worker
C. J. Kuttappan as Singer
Biju John as Painter
Shaji Sharma as the Man on wheelchair
The film was produced by K. Anil Kumar under the banner of Ambalakkara Global Films. Isaac Thomas Kottukappally composed the background score while the songs are composed by Ravindra Jain and sung by K. J. Yesudas and others. M. J. Radhakrishnan, who had cranked camera for Dr. Biju's earlier films, Location sync sound and sound design is by Jayadevan Chakkadath while Pramod Thomas handles the sound mixing. Bindu Sajan was assistant director. The film's production design was by Santosh Raman.
The film was entirely shot on a tiny island Neil, located 40 kilometers to the south of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal. A wooden shore house was set for the film.
The world premiere of the film was at the Shanghai International Film Festival on 19 June 2012. The film was an official selection in the International Competition section for the prestigious Golden Goblet award. This was the first Malayalam film compete for the Golden Goblet award at Shanghai. The film released in theatres in India on 20 July 2012. It was also released in the US in the first week of November.
The film was an official selection for the following film festivals:June 2012: 15th Shanghai International Film Festival (China) - International Competition section.
September 2012: 8th Eurasia International Film Festival (Almaty, Kazakhstan) - International Competition section.
October 2012: 48th Chicago International Film Festival (USA)
October 2012: South Asian Film Festival (Vancouver, Canada)
November 2012: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia)
November 2012: 43rd International Film Festival of India (India) - Indian Panorama section.
November 2012: 18th Kolkata International Film Festival (India)
December 2012: Bangalore International Film Festival - Asian competition section
December 2012: 17th International Film Festival of Kerala (India)
January 2013: 11th Pune International Film Festival (India)
February 2013: 31st Fajr International Film Festival (Iran) - International Competition section.
April 2013: 14th Jeonju International Film Festival (South Korea) - Incredible India section.
May 2013: 12th Imagine India Film Festival (Madrid, Spain) - Competition section.
May 2013: 13th New York Indian Film Festival (USA).
July 2013: 10th Stuttgart Indian Film Festival (Germany).
September 2013: 4th Jagran film festival (India) - Official competition
October 2013: 8th Seattle South Asian Film Festival (USA).
Paresh C. Palicha of Rediff.com wrote a positive review and gave a 3/5 rating. The reviewer said, "This somewhat meditative treatment runs the risk of distancing the viewer. One can see the influence of the Japanese master Akira Kurosawa's Dreams and South Korean director Kim Ki Duk's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring here. One can also see that leaving the characters nameless is becoming Dr Biju's stamp: every character was nameless in his previous film Veettilekkulla Vazhi. In the end, we can say that this visually grand film is meditative in nature and silently attractive."
C. Sujit Chandra Kumar of Deccan Chronicle gave the film four stars in a scale of five.
Metromatinee.com also published a positive write-up which reads: "If you miss this, you will miss a good color of Malayalam film."
However, Aswin Kumar of The Times of India wrote an average review and gave a 2/5 rating and said, "The sequences, in spite of their moving visuals, seldom linger in the viewer's mind. They don't leave anything behind."
The film has received the following honours:New York Indian Film Festival
2013: Best Screenplay - Dr. Biju
Imagineindia Film Festival, Madrid, Spain
2013: Best Music - Issac Thomas Kottukappally
Kerala State Film Awards
2011: Special Jury Award - Dr. Biju
2011: Best Cinematography
2011: Best Processing Lab