F for FROG

“The rain would come whenever the Prince who was transformed into a Frog because of a witch's curse, cried in remembrance of his beloved Princess”. This was the story told by Balu's Grandma, and Balu believed it wholeheartedly because he loved his grandma deeply. One day, the teacher asked about the process of rain in the class, and all the students answered one by one. Finally, it was Balu's turn, and he answered confidently that the rain would come when the frog cried. The entire class laughed at Balu's answer and teased him. And Vinayan, who was his enemy, even started calling him ‘Frog’ to mock him.

Balu as a Second standard student was incapable of conceiving his Grandma’s story as a tale. Nobody except Sarasan Sir, who was his Malayalam Teacher believed his story. He was determined to prove that his grandmother's tale was true and collected a frog from local frog catchers. However, the Class teacher warned him not to bring the frog into the Class. But Balu continued to bring the frog to the school every day. Despite their best efforts, Balu and his friends were unable to make the frog cry. When Balu's father returned from abroad, his mother advised him to get rid of the frog bottle to avoid his father's wrath. Balu hid the bottle at home, but it was stolen by Vinayan, who had a fight over it at School. The drill teacher witnessed the fight and asked both of them to bring their parents to the school.

This would make Balu in a dilemma because if his father came to school, he would know about the frog. So the next day, Balu skipped class and hid himself in a grove near the school, making it a routine. However, the Drill teacher told Balu's father about his absence at school when they met each other accidentally one day, and in anger Balu's father started questioning him. Balu finally revealed everything and felt he had no choice but to throw away the frog. But how could he do so without the frog crying once at least?!

  • Francis Joseph (Jeera)
  • Francis Joseph Jeera
  • John Paul
  • Roshith Lal
  • Master Anwin Sreenu
    Key Cast
  • Master Johan joji
    Key Cast
  • Master Bhavin P
    Key Cast
  • Master Arav VP
    Key Cast
  • Senthil Krishna
    Key Cast
    "Viswanathan (balu's father)"
  • Anumol
    Key Cast
    "Gangalekshmi (balu's mother)"
  • Ajit Koshy
    Key Cast
    "Sarasan Master"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    THA thavalayude THA / ത തവളയുടെ ത
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Other
  • Genres:
    Drama, children's film
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 51 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 29, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    225,500 USD
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Director Biography - Francis Joseph (Jeera)

An Indian filmmaker and writer who has been a part of Malayalam films, as Associate Director since 2015. His debut directorial venture, also penned by him is titled "Tha Thavalayude Tha" or "F for FROG" in Malayalam.His short films and documentaries have been screened and awarded in various Film festivals.

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Director Statement

"F for Frog" is a film that celebrates the wonder and joy of childhood while also exploring important themes of freedom and equality. Set in a bygone era, the film follows the adventures of a young boy named Balu, who becomes obsessed with proving his belief that it rains when a frog croaks.

As the director of "F for Frog," my intention was to create a visually enchanting and emotionally resonant film that would appeal to both children and adults. Using a combination of live-action and animation, we aimed to create a whimsical world that would capture the imagination of young viewers while also conveying a powerful message about the importance of respecting and protecting all living beings.

Through Balu's journey, we see how his obsession with the frog leads to a deeper understanding of the value of freedom and the need to treat all creatures with respect and compassion. We are reminded that every living being has the right to live free from harm and captivity, and that it is our responsibility to protect and care for the natural world.

Ultimately, I hope that "F for Frog" will inspire audiences of all ages to reflect on the importance of freedom and the need to treat all living creatures with kindness and respect. Through the power of cinema, we can create a world in which these values are not just cherished, but actively practiced. The film is a reminder that the simplest of beliefs can lead to profound realizations, and that we all have the power to make a difference in the world around us.