Chemban Vinod Jose's next is Aanaye Pokkiya Paapaan
The film's debutant director, Vishnu S Bhattathiri, talks to us about the project which will deal with the lives of elephant tamers
With his critically acclaimed turn in Lijo Jose Pellisserry's Ee Ma Yau, actor Chemban Vinod Jose has proved himself to be one of the most versatile actors in Malayalam cinema. After his upcoming Maradona, which will be released in July, he'll be seen in Aanaye Pokkiya Paapaan, directed by newcomer Vishnu S Bhattathiri and written by Shibu Chakravarthy.
The director shares some details about the project whose work has already begun. "Chemban sir will be playing the role of an elephant tamer. And Balu will be playing his assistant. We are aiming for a realistic humour in the vein of Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum and Maheshinte Prathikaram."
Vishnu promises to show Chemban in a different avatar. "Chemban sir wanted to do something fresh, different from the negative roles he usually does. This story will deal with the lives of elephant tamers and their feelings. It will be different from the stories of elephant tamers we have seen so far. Anyone who loves elephants will be able to relate to it."
The story was initially written as a fully fictional story, but some recent incidents compelled them to give the script a semi-fictitious feel. "There will be situations that are inspired by real events. These tamers don't just see these elephants as their bread and butter; there is also a strong emotional bond between them. It's actually a fun story despite the emotional content," says Vishnu, adding that the film also has a heroine who loves elephants. "We are currently looking for someone to play this character, who is somewhat like Manju Warrier in Kanmadam."
The director adds that they wanted to rope in Rajeev Ravi as the cinematographer. "But as he was busy, we managed to get his disciple Pappu."