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Man behind the Greenply ad that inspired an award-winning Mammootty film

The commercial's reincarnation theme plays out in Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam, a Kafkaesque tragicomedy

Rupesh Kashyap
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Vishal Menon New Delhi
Maverick Malayalam film director Lijo Jose Pellissery begins “Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam” (A Mid-afternoon Slumber) by thanking an “old advertisement that gave the seed of thought” for his latest venture.

This Kafkaesque tragicomedy, which was adjudged the Best Film of the year at the 53rd Kerala State Film Awards announced last Friday, was inspired by an old Greenply commercial.

It shows a Sikh boy travelling with his parents in a crowded bus through a remote village in Tamil Nadu. When the boy sees a house through the window, he inexplicably begins to speak in Tamil and asks the driver to stop

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First Published: Jul 26 2023 | 5:01 PM IST

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