The recent Malayalam release of Prithviraj Sukumaran Kaduva faced many problems before its theatrical release and after it. The masala artist, who was declared a hit by commercial analysts, was expected to be delayed on the streaming platform as there were some legal issues dogging him.
Even though there is no clarity on the legal case, Amazon Prime Video today officially announced that the film Kaduva will be streamed on its platform from August 4th. Prithviraj’s previous OTT release, Jana Ghana Mana on Netflix, it was also considered a success. Prithviraj’s films, including its director Bro Daddy, are very popular on streaming platforms. Then Kaduvawhich also stars Bollywood actor Vibvek Oberoi, should also do well on Amazon Prime Video.
Kaduva’s legal problems
Kaduva faced legal challenges ahead of its theatrical release on July 7. A resident of the city of Pala in Kerala, Jose Kuruvinakkunel, claimed that the film was based on his life story and has several sequences in the film defaming him and his family.
He claimed that he is known as Kuruvinakunnel Kuruvachan and the name of the movie’s protagonist is Kaduvakunnel Kuruvachan. The Supreme Court urged the Board of Censorship to intervene and, based on the latter’s request, the name of Prithviraj Sukumaran’s character in the film was changed from Kuruvachan to Kuryachan.
But after the film’s release, Jose Kuruvinakunnel claimed that despite the change announced by the filmmakers, in the film versions that were released in the Gulf countries, his name ‘Kuruvachan’ was still being used. Kaduva also faced criticism for having a scene that hurt the feelings of children with special disabilities and their parents. The creators apologized and deleted the offending scene.
Directed by veteran Shaji Kailas, Kaduva is a typical action artist with a macho hero and a scheming cop facing off. The film tells the story of a Pala farmer in the 1990s who ends up on a coalition course with IG Joseph Chandy (Vivek Oberoi), a politically connected high-ranking police officer.
“I’ve always strived to play unique roles in my career, and the character of Joseph in the film is an example of that. It’s been gratifying to see the kind of love that this film and my character have received. I’m glad that through Prime Video, Kaduva would be accessible to an even wider audience around the world,” Vivek Oberoi, who plays the villainous character, said in a statement.
Samyuktha Menon plays the female lead, and the film is produced by Supriya Menon and Listin Stephen.