Thankam might be Marathi actor Girish Kulkarni’s 1st Malayalam film, but he is familiar with all films scripted by Syam Pushkaran and made by the producers, Bhavana Studios. “I am a wonderful supporter of Malayalam cinema, and of their operate. I like what he, Dileesh (Pothan) and Fahadh (Faasil) are undertaking for Malayalam cinema and the form of films they make. It is very similar to what Umesh Kulkarni and I are hoping to do for Marathi films,” claims the actor around the cellular phone from Mumbai.
A contact from a friend, director Geethu Mohandas, led to him staying component of the task. “She asked if I would be interested in a movie her friends have been making, and I reported ‘neki aur puch puch’ (Why search for permission for kindness?).” Curious about the approach of these filmmakers, it was an possibility for him to learn up near how Malayalam films are created. He plays a Mumbai cop investigating a crime which has one-way links in Kerala. Scripted by Syam, the movie about two ‘gold agents’ has been directed by debutants Saheed Arafath and Prinish Prabhakaran.
Having started his job in Marathi movies, Girish’s very first Hindi movie was Anurag Kashyap’s Unattractive. Then came his position as wrestling coach Pramod Kadam in Dangal and a couple of many others including Fanney Khan and Bhaag Beanie Bhaag. He has also been portion of internet series these kinds of as Sacred Online games, Sunflower and Guilty Minds. Girish received the Nationwide Award for greatest actor and screenplay (2011) for the Marathi film Deool. He wears several hats – of writer, actor, director and producer of Marathi movies.
Describing the system of creating Thankam enjoyable, he calls Syam ‘wonderful’. He states the actors ended up authorized the flexibility to indulge in the circumstance. “He was open up to unique artistic thoughts. Immediately after all, we are all making an attempt to make magic on display, which requires the power that he brings on set. He lets a particular person (actor) to bloom and explore their craft, there are no restraints. That provides assurance and joy to the actor.”
As a writer himself, the system of developing is a joyride and Girish confesses to judging scripts “from the perspective that it can be carried out in another way. But then there is the ‘actor’s surrender’ and when that happens I concentrate on my occupation as an actor and anything falls into position. As an actor, who is also a author, you have to do that. If you really do not do that, it creates a predicament.”
The quite a few pluses and the rewards of the surrender are an knowledge and appreciation of the writer’s stance, currently being capable to set up a link with the director, obtain to another side of the story other than what he has browse, and most importantly, an perception into the writer’s method.
So did he choose Thankam, and Syam as a author? “No!” he suggests laughing. He was taken by the story rooted in real lifestyle and its nuances. Joji, Kumbalangi Nights, Ayyappanum Koshyum…he rattles off names of some Malayalam films that he has viewed and loved.
Girish draws parallels amongst Marathi and Malayalam cinema — “the homely atmosphere on the established, the sort of tales we convey to and the theatre-like course of action. Marathi cinema is recognised for its strong tales drawn from lifestyle and life ordeals. Our movies as well never have enormous budgets, and like below, there are a handful of people who are striving to make significant cinema.”
The Malayali’s cinema literacy
The change in between the two industries is the amount of cinema literacy. “It is bigger in Malayalam cinema, potentially due to the film culture movement. Individuals have watched world cinema and they know the artwork of cinema with increased depth. That assists filmmakers investigate new paths and distinct varieties of cinema.”
A motive for this is the absence of infrastructure or a lot more precisely much less cinema theatres in Maharashtra. “People don’t have accessibility to motion pictures, most of what they take in is through television. Whilst in southern States likely to the motion pictures is component of the tradition, in Maharashtra watching a enjoy is element of their ‘culture nourishment’.” Even as points adjust, Marathi films are nevertheless to do commercially well and the rationale circles back again to not being eaten ample to be counted as acquiring accomplished ‘business’.
This delivers him back again to being familiar with how filmmakers like Syam Pushkaran and Dileesh Pothan are ‘carving a niche’ building economically viable films though telling actual stories. “This will give filmmakers all over the place assurance that they can also make these kinds of movies!”
Thankam, also starring Biju Menon and Vineeth Sreenivasan, releases in theatres on January 26