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Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil (2018)

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Jacob, a manager at a big financial firm, finds himself behind bars when he tries to save the woman he loves from being involved in a criminal case. The only way for him to survive and to escape was to break out of prison.


Tinu Pappachan


Dileep Kurian (script)

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Cast overview:
Antony Varghese ... Jacob Varghese
Vinayakan ... Simon
Chemban Vinod Jose ... Devassy
Tito Wilson ... Udayan
Rajesh Sharma ... Warden
Lijo Jose Pellissery ... Appachan's Advocate
Aswathy Manoharan Aswathy Manoharan ... Betty
Sinoj Varghese Sinoj Varghese ... Girijan
Kichu Tellus ... Charlie
Dinesh Nair ... Murugan
Anil Nedumangad ... James


Jacob, a manager at a big financial firm, finds himself behind bars when he tries to save the woman he loves from being involved in a criminal case. The only way for him to survive and to escape was to break out of prison.

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Action | Crime | Thriller







Release Date:

31 March 2018 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Freedom at Midnight See more »

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Soorya Cinema See more »
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Even though the Jail in the movie is set in Kottayam, the jail scenes and the escape in climax were shot completely in Thiruvananthapuram. See more »


References Angamaly Diaries (2017) See more »


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Molecule Review: Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil (7 stars)
25 June 2018 | by TejasNairSee all my reviews

The raw and edgy surface of Tinu Pappachan's Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil takes the front seat in his attempt to describe a classic jailbreak recreated using elements that we have seen before. It is not Anthony Varghese, who plays a patient convict eager to escape prison, nor his co-stars who shine throughout the film, but the gritty actions and stunts that fill this envelope made of superficial aspiration. I understand what the makers wanted to develop here, and considering that I finished it with some interesting takeaways, I can say they succeeded. Coupled with hitting rock music, unconventional cinematography, and a basic non-linear narrative, director Pappachan etches a story that is run of the mill but does it in a way that will entertain the hell out of you. I was enthralled by the way the characters talk, using slangs and deadpan expressions like they are talking at a tea stall on a Sunday evening talking shop, or rather how they were made to talk by Pappachan. Which is why I have given at least one extra star here for the brilliant effort. I was hooked for more than two hours in the film, but then was a bit disappointed in how the thriller ends. Even if I do not talk about the multitude of plotholes, Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil still remains a film far from perfect. But, hey, it is a rare try at a jailbreak film in Malayalam cinema, which is why it comes highly recommended. Watch for the rawness of jail life, amazing performances by Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Rajesh Sharma, Sinoj Varghese, Vinayakan, and a couple new faces, and the brilliant soundtrack. TN.

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