When Manoj Kana set about looking for funds to make his debut film in 2011, he had a model to follow in John Abraham, who made Amma Ariyaan using the crowd-funding model.
Even with financial difficulties, his debut film Chayilyam was made and it went on to win the Kerala State Film Award for Best Story and also the Best Indian Film Award at the International Film Festival of Kerala in 2012. In the years after that, he travelled around the State, screening that film in hundreds of places across the State, to raise funds for his next film, Amoeba .
The film, which is ready for release next month, is woven around the plight of those living in the endosulfan pesticide affected villages of Kasargod.
“For the past few years, I have had this plan to make a film on the endosulfan issue. I have travelled through these villages several times over the years. I have also done some research on pesticides and related issues for the purpose of making this film. But, what I have shown on screen is nothing close to the reality,” says Manoj.
Manoj tells the story through the experiences of a young engineering graduate whose dreams are shattered by the after-effects of the spraying of the pesticide. Two endosulfan victims, Vaisakh and Sindhu, have also acted in the film. Indrans, Anumol, Aneesh G. Menon and Athmeeya play the other main characters. Manoj plans to release the film across 20 cinemas in the State on January 8.
Manoj Kana’s Amoeba will talk about the plight of endosulfan victims.