Punyalan 2.0 - The return of Joy Thakkolkaran
Director Ranjith Sankar talks about Punyalan Private Limited that will hit the screens in November
Ranjith Sankar says ever since Punyalan Agarbattis (2013) released, he had wanted to make a sequel. "I wrote a few scripts, but nothing satisfied me. So, I decided to shelve the plan and focus on a new venture. But, as the new script progressed, I thought it would be better to place that story in Thrissur since the local slang helps when it comes to tackling a serious subject in the garb of a humour. Then, it occurred to me why not make it a sequel to Punyalan Agarbattis," says the filmmaker about the comeback of Joy Thakkolkaran. The sequel, titled Punyalan Private Limited, will hit the screens in November. It has Jayasurya reprising the protagonist Joy Thakkolkaran.
So, what does he find interesting in Joy Thakkolkaran? "Besides the fact that he is a popular character, I felt that my story can effectively be told through him. It is better to use him than introduce a new protagonist and establish him," says Ranjith.
Though Punyalan Private Limited will deal an entirely different story, there will be a thread of continuity. "In fact, the whole process of making this sequel happened in reverse. We finalised the script first before deciding the character and other details. But, there is a continuity in the plot and the characters," he says.
How does he feel about Jayasurya's second version of Joy Thakkolkaran? "I think it is the audience who should rate him, rather than me. But, I personally believe he is a great actor."
As the pre-release marketing tactics get under way, Ranjith says the response that the teaser and song have generated so far is great. "The animation song has already garnered a good response. The song is connected to the plot and we had planned this while we were shooting the movie," says the director.
An entertainer, Punyalan Private Limited has Jayasurya playing an entrepreneur. While Joy sold agarbattis in the first movie, it will be packaged drinking water in the sequel. The film also stars Sreejith Ravi, Aju Varghese and Shruthi Ramachandran.