21aam Noottaandu (transl. The 21st century) is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language action adventure romance film written and directed by Arun Gopy and produced by Tomichan Mulakuppadam under the banner of Mulakuppadam Films. The film stars Pranav Mohanlal and Zaya David in the lead roles.Gokul Suresh would appear in a cameo role in the film. Gopi Sundar composed the music and Abinandhan Ramanujam was the cinematographer.Peter Hein choreographed the action for the film and) Vivek Harshan was the film editor.
The film’s principal photography took place between July and December 2018 in Goa, Bali, Kerala, and Hyderabad. Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu was released in India and Gulf Cooperation Council territories on 25 January 2019 by Mulakuppadam Release. It was a commercial failure.
The story revolves around the life of Appu (Pranav Mohanlal) a boy born and brought up in Goa. The movie starts with the New Year’s Eve wherein Macaroni (Abhirav Janan and Appu’s friend) and his girlriend is celebrating . Much to his annoyance there comes the entry of Abusi (Kalabhavan Shajon) and his henchmen who demand the money borrowed by Baba (Manoj K Jayan) as he was the one who assured the guarantee for payment. Macroni flees and is eventually caught by Abusi’s men who takes him to their place. After some time Baba appears at their house and he is also caught by them. This leads to the entry of Appu, Baba’s only son who is an expert surfer and jet ski rider. Appu assures for the payment and settles a small amont of money and bails out Macroni and Baba. On the eve of Russian new year Appu is confronted by Zaya (Zaya David) as she was creating a scene there since she lost her phone. Appu agrees to drop her to her homestay but is eventually forced to take her to his homestay as she can’t remember the location of her homestay since she was drunk.
Eventually Appu and Zaya become good friends and they do a variety of activities in goa such as visiting tourist places, jetskiing, and going to casinos. Slowly Appu starts developing feelings for Zaya. He then decides to convey his feelings to her but when he reciprocates his feelings she gets freked out and runs away. When he goes to her the next day he finds out that she has gone away from Goa to her hometown in kerala. After a few days Baba approaches him who suggests that he go to Kerala to know whether she had feelings towards him. He then reaches Kerala with Macroni. When he goes to her Palatial house’s entrance he finds it locked and finds out that all of them have gone for an engagement ceremony. Feeling sad (as he thinks it was Zaya’s engagement) he decides to make it to the church and eventually finds out that it was Zaya’s sisters engament but is shocked to know that zaya was a nun. This leads to the formation of various mysteries in his mind (due to her carefree nature back in Goa) and when he confronts Zaya at her convent she reveals that she became a nun because of various consequences as she was sexually exploited by her uncle (on a Christmas Eve when she was young) who worked for the police and this fact was not known to any of her family members as she feared to tell them fearing more harm from her uncle. She becomes a nun because she found out that her uncle didn’t show any sort of respect towards any other women but nuns. Appu understands Zaya’s plight and assures that he will always be there for her and learns that Zaya loves him and she very much aspires to become a free spirited young girl.
On the eve of Zaya’s sister’s pre-wedding function Appu is employed as a waiter there since the owner of the lodge (Dharmajan Bolgatty) in which he was staying was organising the wedding and he has not paid the rent of the lodge so he decides to take up work as a waiter to clear his dues and in order to meet and converse with Zaya. But as he converses with Zaya he is confronted by her uncle who beats him up and he is thrown out of the function along with the other workers and he is caught by police due to Zaya’s uncles initiation. He is freed the next day because of the lodge owner’s initiation. He then rushes to the wedding, beats up Zaya’s uncle and his men and walks out holding Zaya’s hand. They are chased by police and they resort to take up shelter for a day in a priest’s (Siddiqe) convent lodging’s. Over there they receive the help of Francis (Gokul Suresh) who assures to take them to the railway station without striking their presence in the eyes of police. They are eventually bought to the station and they board the train. However they are shocked to find Zaya’s uncle and his men in the train who are in a hunt for them. as they run away from them to a different compartment they are surprised to find Baba who tells Appu that “if you want to live with her you must stop running and face them with courage'”. Taking account of Baba’s words Appu decides to fight and this leads to a very serious fight between Appu, Zaya’s uncle and his men. However Appu overpowers them but is unfortunately caught by the police in the next station and is taken for questioning. When they go for questioning they come to know that Zaya running away with Appu has resulted in huge media attention as it was a subject of communalism in media’s language (as it was framed so).
After the initiation of a head priest (played by Innocent who was bought in for compromising the matter) they decide that Appu should go away alone without Zaya. When Appu asks whether she has any last words for him she hugs him tightly. She is then interrupted by her father and this leads to Zaya mustering courage to reveal what she was subjected to when she was young and how she had to live with it. This leads to the sudden understanding of her parents but her uncle who want to defend his stand walks up to Zaya to slap her who is then stopped by her mother and she slaps him. Eventually he is given a legal punishment and Appu happily moves to Goa with Zaya. Appu clears away the dues which he had with Abusi after selling Macroni’s land in Kerala and lives happily with Zaya. The film ends on a happy note saying that we must ensure healthy family relationships and must also be warned that women and young girls are subjected to rape within their very own household.