Director's Statement

Velutha Rathrikal is a cinematic tribute to Dostoyevsky and his body of works. White Nights left a deep imprint in me. This adaptation is a long cherished one and the new characterisations and backdrop have born out of much concerns, questions and delberations. Chelly’s compassionate approach to life despite many setbacks, Manu’s dreamy ambivalence and Jyothi’s boldness are woven together in the narrative while staying rooted to the crux of the novella. As the lead characters Chelly and Manu share their stories and find themselves that they have trodden similar paths in their life. Estranged partners, solitude and indifference from society mark their lives. Yet Chelly’s perspective of life is crystalized through the miseries that called on her at regular intervals right from the childhood, her organic bond with the all encompassing nature and exposure to diverse communities and surroundings. The intense life experiences crystalize one’s relationships and integrity. The subtle and sublime evelation of our mindscapes sometimes takes us through uncharted terrain of relationships. It might shake our convictions and bring deep anguish. But the unflinching integrity to oneself and fellow beings matters the most. This film tries to bring forth the mindscapes of human beings caught between relationships, commitments, turbulent past and surroundings. But they could still nurture hopes and dreams for a peaceful and compassionate life.


Short Synopsis

Velutha Rathrikal (White Nights) is an independent cinematic adaptation of the eponymous novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Manu is an artist in search of a new sky, from his troubled past, in a forest settlement. He meets Chelly, a tribal girl from a nearby settlement who bears the burnt from her own share of life. As she awaits the return of her beloved friend Jyothi, Manu gets closer to her. Despite their diverse upbringings, Manu and Chelly strike a serene and beautiful chord with each other. Their brief but intense encounter during the five nights makes the plot of the film set against the deep woods of Attappadi and surroundings.

Velutha Rathrikal (White Nights)
Language : Malayalam, Irula (tribal) | Year of Production: 2015 (December)
Duration: 130 minutes | Aspect Ratio: 1:1.66 | Colour | Sound: 5.1 surround (Dolby)

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Profiles in this Movie

Razi Director
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Shehnad Jalal Director of Photography
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Ajith Kumar B Film Editor
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Razi Muhammed

Razi went on to study at FTII in Pune after his BFA from College of Fine Arts at Thiruvananthapuram and MFA from MS University, Baroda. He has designed the production of numerous acclaimed Malayalam and Hindi films. His forte covered stage productions, print production, television shows, documentaries and music videos.
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Shehnad Jalal

Shehnad Jalal, an alumnus of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute of India, Kolkata, is an award winning cinematographer. His works in films such as Kanyaka Talkies (2013) and Chitrasutram (2010) were much lauded. He was awarded Best Cinematographer in 2010 by Kerala State Film Awards for the film Chitrasutram.
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Ajith Kumar B

Ajith Kumar B is a national award winning film editor who is credited with around 100 films, both in feature and documentary categories. He completed his film studies at FTII, Pune with specialization in film editing. He was awarded the best editor twice at the National Film Awards in the non-feature category and bagged best editor award twice from Kerala State Film Awards in the feature category.
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Smitha Ambu Actress
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Saritha Kukku Actress
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Disney Actor
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Smitha Ambu

Smitha Ambu is a stage and film actress who completed her studies in Theatre from NINASAM, Karnataka. Before venturing into films she has associated with eminent theatre directors from across the country in different languages. She was trained under eminent theatre personalities like Her earlier films include the much acclaimed Chitrasutram by Vipin Vijay among others.
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Saritha Kukku

Kerala State Film Award winner (Special jury mention for actress) for Papillio Budha - Directed by Jayan Cherian (The film was selected for various International and National festivals like Berlinale festivel, Montreal fest, CiniQuest California, New York fest, Africa Diaspora fest, Toronto fest, Jaipur fest, Kolkata fest, Dada Sahib Phalka film fest, Delhi fest and many more festivals around the world).
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Completed his Engineering Degree before pursuing his career in Acting.
During school days he had received many prizes in Dramas, Mimicry, Dance, story writing etc. While working as a lecturer he started doing musical video albums and short films from 2005 onwards. Disney started acting in films from 2010 onwards.
He got Best Actor award for the short film Burning Desire.
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Resmi Sateesh Singer
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Kirshnakumar Sound Design
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Resmi Sateesh

She studied Audiography at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata
She got trained in Carnatic music at the age of 5 under Sri. Muthaiya Bhagavathar. From then performing at different levels and stages as her music experience grew under various gurus. Later her travels exposed to the musics in India and that opened doors to the various forms of music from all around the world.
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Krishnakumar is working as the Head of sound and editing departments in Chithranjali studio,KSFDC (A Govt. of Kerala undertaking) Trivandrum, Kerala .He is working on sound recording, dubbing, mixing and sound design with Chithranjali Studios engaged in the production service of 15 feature films, large number of documentaries and television production every year, since 1981.
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Cast & Crew


Disney James

Smitha Ambu

Saritha kukku








Kada Mooppathi

Baby malini

Naveen Raj



Sajan sindhu


Tribal Song Performers

Asad Kala Sangham, Palaniswamy, Nanjamma, Kali Panikkan, Mani Murugan Swaminathan, Balan Maruthy, Priya, Manikantan Thankamani, Roja, Penmani Ayyappan, Priya Nakkuppathi


Costume Design


Make Up


Location Managers

Shibu changarampally
Binoy pookkunnel

Still Photography

Joji Alphonse

Production Manager

Sudev Avinjikkad

Chartered Accountant

Bhadrakumar & Associates

Production Executive



Ajay Artone


Media Mill, Trivandrum

Chithranjali, Trivandrum

Cut & Color, Cochin

Scenic Design, Tiles & Graphic Design



K P Reji, Razi

Visual Effects

Shaheel Shaz, Razi

Curation & Translation

Bandhu Prasad

Associate Cameraman

Souri Nath

Associate Directors

Rohith Chandrashekar, Umesh Ambujendran


Nanjamma, Resmi Satheesh, Smitha Ambu

Background Score

Jackson Vijayan

Sound Design & Sound Mixing

Krishna Kumar, Chithranjali

Film Editor

B Ajithkumar, Abhi

Director Of Photography

Shehnad Jalal

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Velutha Rathrikal Synopsis

Velutha Rathrikal (White Nights) is an independent cinematic adaptation of the eponymous novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Manu is an artist in search of a new sky, meets Chelly, resident of a nearby tribal settlement. Their brief but intense encounter during the five nights makes the plot of the film. Chelly is awaiting the return of her beloved friend Jyothi who promised to be back with her exactly a year after since they met last. Chelly comes to the bridge on a night expecting her return and meets Manu. Their accidental meeting blossoms into a beautiful relationship. Manu, who himself admits being a romantic, shy and dilemmatic chap, narrates his story that led him to take a retreat in the forest. He was estranged from his dear friend through a series of mishaps during their post-graduation days in Baroda, Gujarat. Unable to come into terms with the separation from her, Manu is finding himself engrossed in his painting process, exploring the nature and meeting her inhabitants there. The bond with Chelly gets closer by each night as she comes at the bridge expecting Jyothi’s return. Irrespective of their diverse upbringings and perspectives, Manu and Chelly strike a serene and beautiful chord with each other. Chelly, is a single mother who escaped an abusive marriage. She lost her mother in her childhood and was raised by her maternal aunt. Her affectionate father insisted her to join college which was not common among their community. Chelly’s story underscores the pathetic predicament of her community due to the prolonged negligence from fellow beings. Chelly could not have braved the indifferences and snubs of the mainstream society during her college days had she not met her beloved friend Jyothi. Jyothi instills a sense of empowerment and belonging in Chelly with their adventurous exploration of the world around. Their relationship grows from friendship to being prospective life partners. But Chelly’s marriage and Jyothi’s higher studies separate them for a while. Having escaped from the abusive marriage and a brief stint of urban labour life in Coimbatore, Chelly returns home. When she meets Jyothi again they promise themselves to be together soon as partners and Jyothi assures her return exactly a year later. As they share each other’s agonies and ecstasy, the new bonding between Chelly and Manu develops into a seemingly inseparable one and Chelly realizes her growing dilemma. She wishes Jyothi were Manu or he were she. She painfully longs for Jyothi not to turn up. But she could choose either of them.

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November 23

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Velutha Rathrikal: This Malayalam Film Set In Tribal Kerala Will Make You Rethink Bisexuality

February 25

The overwhelming triumph of the film is its portrayal of same-sex love. It is arguably India’s first serious film about bisexuality. Muhammad Razi’s Velutha Rathrikal (White Nights) is one of the most exciting debuts in recent times among independent film-makers in South India.

'White Nights', A Path Breaking Venture In Malayalam Cinema

February 11

Malayalam cinema is on a roll. Young film makers, actors and technicians have come in and they have brought in a lift of fresh air. Mainstream malayalam cinema has been stagnating for some time. Now these young people rule the box office in malayalam film industry.

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Razi's 'White Nights' Well Received

February 19

Chennai: A film, based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's short story 'White Nights', directed by Razi Muhammed, is getting excellent response from the audience. The director present the story in the backdrop of the tribal belt in Attappadi. Razi made the movie with money collected from friends.

White Night Magic Unfolds In Attapady

February 17

Decades ago, renowned filmmakers Luchino Visconti and Robert Bresson made movies based on “White Nights“, a short story by Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky . Film adaptations of the story have been made by Indian directors like Manmohan Desai and Sanjay Leela Bhansali too. So what is special about Razi Muhammed's “Velutha Rathirikal“?

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കാണണം, വെളുത്ത രാത്രികള്‍!

February 11

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Attappady Through A Dostoyevsky Masterpiece

November 12

Velutha Rathrikal is based on the Russian classic.After getting estranged from his female companion in Baroda, artist Manu found himself in an emotional mess. To recover from that, he wanders along the fringes of the forest in Attappady and finds the location very soothing.

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