Fahadh Faasil’s ‘Joji’ wins best international film award at Swedish fest

The Malayalam film is inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy’Macbeth’and presents a twisted version of the plot filled with greed, ambition, murder and mystery

Fahadh Faasil’s Malayalam feature film “Joji” has won the top honour at the Swedish International Film Festival, the actor announced on Thursday.

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The 39-year-old actor shared the news on Facebook, revealing that the Dileesh Pothan-directed film won the best international feature film award at the film gala.

“Good News from Sweden ! JOJI won The Best International Feature Film Award @ the Swedish International Film Festival (SIFF) 2021,” he posted.

“Joji”, which released on Amazon Prime Video, is inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy“Macbeth”and presents a “twisted version” of the plot filled with greed, ambition, murder and mystery, set in a plantation family in Kerala.

The crime drama revolves around Faasil’s character Joji, an engineering dropout living with his iron-fisted father and two brothers.

When his father falls ill, Joji looks forward to finally getting his share in the property but his dreams are dashed when his father starts recuperating, forcing him to take an extreme step.

At the time of the film’s release, Faasil, best known for “Kerala Cafe”, “Akam”, “Bangalore Days”, “Kumbalangi Nights” and Tamil film “Super Deluxe”, told PTI that the movie is not expansive like the source material as their focus was more on the story’s emotions.

“The film’s narrative is not a direct adaptation of ‘Macbeth’. We were deeply inspired by it and we were trying to set something inspired by ‘Macbeth’ in today’s scenario.

“’Joji’ is not as large as ‘Macbeth’… The drama happens within the family. I thought the emotions of ‘Macbeth’ were more relative to the story,” Faasil had said.

“Joji” marked the third directorial collaboration between Pothan and Faasil. The duo earlier worked on 2016 comedy-drama “Maheshinte Prathikaaram” and National Award-winning feature “Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum” (2017).

Faasil will next be seen in Allu Arjun-starrer “Pushpa” as well as Kamal Haasan-starrer “Vikram”, also featuring Vijay Sethupathi.

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