The trailer for Prithviraj Sukumaran’s upcoming survival drama, “Aadujeevitham” (also known as “The Goat Life”), has garnered attention following its release. Directed by National Award-winner Blessy, the film is adapted from Benyamin’s 2008 novel of the same name, which recounts the true story of Najeeb, a Malayali migrant worker who endured harrowing experiences while forced into servitude in Saudi Arabia.

Najeeb’s journey began with aspirations for a better life, like many others from his village in Kerala. However, the promise of a lucrative job in Saudi Arabia quickly turned into a nightmare upon his arrival. Instead of the promised salesman job, Najeeb found himself isolated in the desert, tasked with herding goats under harsh conditions.

His ordeal, as shared in a 2018 interview, paints a grim picture of physical and emotional abuse, deprivation of basic necessities, and complete isolation from his loved ones. Despite facing unimaginable hardships, Najeeb held onto hope, driven by thoughts of his family back home.

The pivotal moment of Najeeb’s escape, depicted in the trailer, captures the desperation and determination that defined his struggle for freedom. Following a perilous journey, he eventually finds refuge and assistance from fellow Malayali migrants.

The impact of Najeeb’s story extends beyond his personal journey. Meeting author Benyamin proved transformative, leading to the publication of “Aadujeevitham,” which shed light on the plight of migrant workers. The novel’s success brought recognition to Najeeb and opened doors for his family members, including his son’s employment opportunities.

As the trailer for “Aadujeevitham” offers a glimpse into Najeeb’s tumultuous journey, it serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by migrant workers worldwide. Through powerful storytelling, the film aims to raise awareness and spark conversations about issues of exploitation and resilience.

Blessy and Prithviraj embarked on their film endeavor in 2009, with Blessy securing a deal with Benyamin to craft the screenplay. However, budget constraints hindered progress. In 2015, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Steven Adams joined as producers, along with AR Rahman as the music composer.

Filming spanned from 2018 to 2022, marked by a 70-day delay in Jordan due to the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to an evacuation by the Indian government. Amala Paul, KR Gokul, and Arab actors Talib al Balushi and Rik Aby held pivotal roles, while Resul Pookutty contributed to the sound design.

Aadujeevitham releases in theatres March 28th.

Watch the trailer for Aadujeevitham – The Goat Life Here:

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