The actor-producer chats about ‘Saajan Bakery Since 1962’, bringing out the film through the pandemic and extra
Actor Aju Varghese has been going regular in Malayalam cinema for the final 10 years. Apart from being an actor, he has additionally ventured into manufacturing and distribution. His upcoming movie, Saajan Bakery Since 1962, by which he performs a twin position, sees him double up as co-writer and producer.
“You will go away the theatre with a smile. It is a light-hearted narrative about holding on to relationships, one thing all of us skilled through the lockdown,” says Aju. The movie, directed by Arun Chandu, releases on February 12.
The movie revolves round Shamel Mappila who runs a bakery named after his son, Saajan. The latter, nonetheless, has no real interest in operating it. Aju Varghese performs Saajan and his son, Bobin, who carries all of the “dangerous traits” of his father. “I was the last-minute option to play Saajan. We had some budgetary constraints and when the director steered that I ought to do it, I determined to offer it a strive. Although the character is there solely in three or 4 scenes I cherished doing it. It was a possibility for me to push myself as an artiste,” says the actor.
However, it’s the three ladies characters — Saajan’s spouse Mary (Grace Antony), their daughter Betsy (Lena) and Bobin’s romantic curiosity Merin (Ranjitha Menon) — who stand out, provides Aju. “While Saajan makes life tough for Mary, Bobin does the identical for Betsy. We have additionally tried to indicate how society has a listing of dos and don’ts for girls on the pretext of defending them. But such actions solely suffocate them,” he says.
The movie, says Aju, is near his coronary heart as it’s set in Pathanamthitta, the place he grew up. “The terrain is acquainted to me and [Arun] Chandu. We have a number of fond reminiscences related to locations comparable to Ranni, Thiruvalla and Chengannur. The language, tradition, meals, life-style, homes…are a part of us. In truth, many issues fell into place. For instance, we discovered a bakery and a medical lab adjoining to it, like how we had written within the script. We have tried to showcase the true essence of Ranni and completely different elements of Pathanamthitta,” says Aju.
As for writing the story with the director and Sachin R Chandran, Aju provides that he was fulfilling a dream. “I was extra like an apprentice!” he says. Although lockdown had pushed the discharge of the film by a number of months, he feels that the postponement had its benefits. “We had been capable of dedicate extra time for post-production work, which has helped the movie as an entire,” he says, heaping reward on composer Prashant Pillai, editor Aravind Manmadhan and cinematographer Guru Prasad MG. “Prashant was affected person sufficient to hear and reply to my idiotic questions on music and even included some adjustments,” he laughs.
The movie is the second manufacturing enterprise of Funtastic Films, headed by Aju, Dhyan Sreenivasan and Visakh Subramaniam, the primary one being Love Action Drama. The firm has additionally distributed Love Action Drama, Helen and Gauthamante Radham. “I didn’t plan to turn into a producer. Now I am comparatively relaxed as a result of nothing can beat the challenges we confronted whereas making Love Action Drama!” he says.
“We needed to launch this movie [Saajan Bakery Since 1962] in theatres and haven’t signed any cope with OTT platforms but. Given the circumstances, we’d be proud of regardless of the movie collects. Even if it runs for 2 weeks, it might be a threat value taking,” he provides. Funtastic’s subsequent manufacturing is Prakashan Parakkatte, starring Dhyan Sreenivasan, and 9MM, Manju Warrier’s fiftieth movie.
Meanwhile, Aju has his palms full with ready-to-release movies in addition to new tasks. The record contains Hridayam, Minnal Murali, Oru Tatwika Avalokanam, Tsunami, Meppadiyan, Home, Sara’s, Ullasam and Article 21. “Well-wishers have instructed me time and once more to learn scripts earlier than signing a film as a result of I not often do this. I admit that I haven’t been doing character-driven roles and by no means appeared on the movie as an entire. It was solely my character that mattered, which was principally a supporting position. However, I assume the time has come to decide on roles rigorously,” he avers.
The actor has no qualms about admitting that he all the time appears ahead to work in tasks executed by his pals within the business. “I desire that consolation zone, the place I don’t have any inhibition or worry,” he indicators off.