Moothon deals with the vulnerable lives of little boys and men who are traded for flesh, drugs and money by other men without an inkling of guilt. This Malayalam-Hindi bilingual film isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, as it tries to engage its viewers with the grim realities of flesh trade. However, the writer and director Geetu Mohandas wants to tell these stories through teenager Mulla’s (Sanjana Dipu) eyes.
Mulla sets out from the pristine white sandy beaches of Lakshadweep in Moosa’s (Dileesh Pothan) fishing boat and ends up in Kamathipura in cosmopolitan Mumbai. He is in search of an elder sibling, the titular Moothon.
Time and again, we as a society have been told to keep our girls and women safe, as we are made to believe they need protection from grave societal harm. Moothon tells us that even boys and men are in danger of being exploited. The film takes us through the inside ‘gallis’ of Kamathipura into the dreaded gangster Akbar (Nivin Pauly)’s den to show us how he makes a living including trafficking little boys.