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Original name: Kaathal
English name: The Core
Year: 2023
Run time: 114 Min
Language: Malayalam
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: India
Director: Jeo Baby
Producer: Mammootty
Cast: Mammootty, Jyothika, RS Panicker, Muthumani, Sudhi Kozhikode
Screenplay: Paulson Skaria, Adarsh Sukumaran
Cinematographer: JSalu K Thomas
Editor: Francies Louis
Sound Designer: Tony Babu
Music Composer: Mathews Pulickan
Production Company: Mammoottykampany Films
World Sales: Mammoottykampany Films


  • IFF India 2023
  • IFF Kerala 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2022 Sree Dhanya Catering Service
  • 2022 Freedom Fight
  • 2021 The Great Indian Kitchen
  • 2020 Kilometers and Kilometers
  • 2017 The Little God
  • 2016 2 Penkuttikal

Director’s Biography :

Jeo Baby

Jeo Baby is an Indian film director, scriptwriter and actor who works in Malayalam films. He made his directorial debut with 2 Penkuttikal which was released in 2016. His second movie The Little God was released in 2017. In 2020 he directed Kilometers and Kilometers which has Tovino Thomas playing the lead role. His fourth Malayalam film, The Great Indian Kitchen, won the 51st Kerala State Film Award for Best Film and he received the Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay. He received Special Jury Mention at the 52nd Kerala State Film Awards for the film Freedom Fight (2022).

Synopsis :

Kaathal The Core unveils the captivating narrative of Mathew and Omana, a seemingly harmonious couple residing in the serene village of Teekoy in the Kottayam district of Kerala. Mathew Devassy, a retired Co-operative bank secretary with a stellar reputation in the community, reluctantly steps into the realm of politics to contest a Panchayath by-election, upon his party's request. Kaathal The Core is a poignant exploration of the intricate dynamics of a marriage, the pursuit of justice, and the quest for personal fulfilment, set against the backdrop of a close-knit village community.