Director Mathukutty Xavier talks about his journey with Mili, the remake of the Malayalam film, Helen. The film is releasing on November 4

He is just one film old. But filmmaker Mathukutty Xavier is upbeat about Mili, the Hindi remake of his Malayalam film, Helen (2019). The movie, headlined by Janhvi Kapoor, is produced by her father, Boney Kapoor, and has music by AR Rahman. It is releasing in theatres on November 4.

“I believe I have done my best,” says the director over a call from Mumbai. “There were several offers to remake the film, but they had suggested several changes in the narrative. I did not agree to that because we [Mathukutty, Alfred Kurian Joseph and Noble Babu Thomas] had put so many years into writing that script. I agreed to helm the Hindi remake because BK [Boney Kapoor] wanted it to be exactly like how we made it in Malayalam. We just had to set it in a different milieu,” says Mathukutty.

Janhvi Kapoor stars in the survival thriller Mili, which is all set to release on November 4. The film is in a different genre than fans are used to seeing Janhvi in and all eyes will be on how the actress will be performing in this edge-of-the-seat thriller where the stakes will rise by the minute. The movie promotions have been going on in full swing with Janhvi taking the lead and speaking about her upcoming theatrical release. After impressing the fans in the OTT release Good Luck Jerry, which premiered earlier this year, there will be high hopes from Mili all while the box office pressure is on the makers and the cast. 

Mili: What is the movie about? 

Mili is directed by Mathukutty Xavier and produced by Janhvi Kapoor's father Boney Kapoor. The film stars Janhvi, Sunny Kaushal and Manoj Pahwa. A remake of the director's own 2019 Malayalam film Helen, Mili follows the titular character, played by Janhvi, stuck in a freezer fighting to stay alive as the temperature drops every hour. Janhvi said that she shot for the movie for straight 20 days inside a freezer in minus 15 degree temperature.