'I never planned movies, it just happened’
Pranav, youngest son of yesteryear actor Ratheesh, will make his debut in Theeram which will hit the screens this week
Another star kid will make an entry into Malayalam cinema. Pranav Ratheesh, son of yesteryear actor Ratheesh, will mark his debut in Theeram, directed by Saheed Arafath.
Pranav, who had a very interesting time on the sets, says he never dreamt of being in movies. “I have known films since childhood. I did a few short films while in college as well. But, being an actor was never in my dreams. I never planned or worked for it. It was something that just happened.”
Director Saheed Arafath saw a short film of Pranav’s and thought he would be the right person to play Ali, the protagonist in Theeram. “That’s how my stint in Mollywood happened,” says Pranav.
He will play Ali, an autorickshaw driver who falls for Suhara, played by Maria John. “It is a romantic movie, and for me this is a great experience,” he says. Pranav adds that he never really felt uncomfortable in front of the camera. “Maybe it was my short film experience, or perhaps the comfort level I had with the crew, but somehow it all went smoothly,” he says.
Though it will hit the screens only on July 21, Theeram has already created some buzz, thanks to the soulful music by composer Afzal Yusuf. The movie, shot in Alappuzha and Kuttanad, also marks the debut of singer Armaan Malik in Malayalam.
Pranav says the popularity of the music has done the movie good. “We never expected the songs to become so popular. In fact, this has saved us a lot on promotions,” he adds.
His sister may have already earned a name in the industry through her debut Madhuranaranga and later Lechmi, but Pranav says they don’t really talk cinema at home. “My brother Padmaraj and sister Parvathy are already in the industry. But, we are not the kind of people who discuss cinema at home,” says the actor, who is doing his graduation in Chennai.