‘Surabhi’s hard work needs to be acknowledged’
..says director Anil Thomas, about the actress' work in Minnaminung which will hit the screens tomorrow
Minnaminung, the movie which won Surabhi Lakshmi the National Award for the Best Actress, and a special mention in the Kerala State Awards, will finally hit the screens this week.
It portrays the struggle of a widow. Says director Anil Thomas, “The character Surabhi played has no name. She is someone we see everyday in different avatars. She is a widowed mother, who is a multi-tasker, to make ends meet. Surabhi deserves all the accolades for the hard work she put in.”
Anil says the character of a widowed mother stayed with him for long. “Then I discussed it with scriptwriter Manoj Ramsingh and that was how Minnaminung was born,” he adds. The director stumbled upon Surabhi’s picture and thought she would be perfect for the role.
“Surabhi said she could relate to the character because she knew many women like her. We told her about the body language of the character, and she imbibed it well. The only apprehension we had was whether Surabhi would be able to talk in the Thiruvananthapuram slang, but she did pretty well,” says Anil.
The director says doing a women-centric movie in a male-dominated industry was challenging. “I knew we would have to face challenges on the monetary side as well as the satellite rights. But, then I decided to go ahead. Minnaminung is as realistic as it can get,” says the director.