Release dateAugust 2014 (2014-08) (Montreal Film Festival)
January 9, 2015 (2015-01-09)
India Release (India Release) Music directorIsaac Thomas Kottukappally CastSuraj Venjaramoodu (Father), Indrans (Chami), Nedumudi Venu (Workshop man), Sona Nair, Seema G Nair Similar moviesLiars Dice (2013), Nedumudi Venu and others appear in Names Unknown and Color of Sky, Ship of Theseus (2012), Shahid (2012), Fandry (2013)
Perariyathavar (Malayalam: പേരറിയാത്തവർ, English: Names Unknown) is a 2015 Indian Malayalam film directed by Dr. Biju. The film revolves around two sweepers and the problems they encounter in life, depicting the agonies of the marginalised section of society. The film features Suraj Venjaramoodu and Indrans in the lead roles. It won the National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation. Suraj received the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance.
The story revolves around a widowed father and son working as scavengers in Kollam Municipal Corporation and the harsh life they face. The duo belongs to a section of society who are marginalized in the mainstream. Father is working as a temporary cleaning sweeper. Chami is his friend and fellow worker who belongs to a tribal community. They collect the garbage from the city streets into a vehicle and dumps at a rural village. Sometimes father takes his son along with him. During the travel in a trash vehicle, father and son see and experience the life of many nameless, faceless marginalised people including themselves in the midst of huge buildings and roaring vehicles.
Suraj Venjaramoodu - Father
Indrans – Chami
Master Govardhan – Son
Nedumudi Venu – Workshop Master
Seema G. Nair
The film produced by K.Anilkumar under the banner Ambalakkara Global Films. This is the second film produced by K.Anilkumar with Dr.Biju after Akasathinte Niram (Color of Sky).
In an interview, Biju revealed that actors Dileep, Jayasurya, Biju Menon and Sreenivasan were approached for playing the protagonist role. None of them accepted the role and the movie, thus, got delayed for more than a year. Eventually Biju chose Suraj Venjaramoodu for the role.
The film was awarded Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation Award at the 61st National Film Awards, 2013. Suraj Venjaramoodu was awarded the Best Actor Award. Noted filmmaker and jury chairman Saeed Mirza said in a press meet: "Suraj has played a municipal sweeper [in the film] but it is an incredibly dignified performance. He excels in comedy but in this film Suraj has brilliantly played a reticent character. I would not have been able to sleep had his name not been in the list of awardees."