‘Streetlights is not a dark movie, but an entertainer’
Director Shamdat Sainudeen says the movie will have Mammootty playing a cop
Mammootty will be seen as a police officer again in Shamdath Sainudheen's directorial debut titled Streetlights. The first look, which was out on Tuesday, has Mammootty in action, aiming a shotgun.
However, director Shamdat says that the movie is not at all a dark one. "It is an entertainer. Sure, there are elements like murder and fights, but it is definitely a pleasant watch. It is a complete package with humour, crime and every other element," he says.
The filmmaker says that the movie is a realistic take on the life of a few people living on the streets. "We see a lot of people, but then some of them may get connected to us by coincidence. Streetlights explores such a thread," he says.
As for the details about Mammootty's character, Shamdat says it is better to keep it a suspense for a total viewing experience. He says the film will have a different narrative style. "I am someone who wants to establish a signature of my own in movie-making. I have tried it with this movie, which is a bilingual," says Shamdat, as he readies to release the film in November. Streetlights will have both Tamil and Malayalam versions releasing on the same day.
"The treatment is different for both versions. While Tamil will have a serious treatment, the Malayalam version has more humour in it," he says. This will also be Mammootty's next Tamil release after Peranbu.
While the Malayalam version will have Soubin Shahir and Hareesh Perumana in prominent roles, the Tamil version will have Black Pandi and Manobala.
Though there won't be a female lead, Liji Mol will be playing a significant role. Shamdat, who has been a cinematographer, will crank the camera while newbie Adarsh Abraham will compose the tunes. The movie has been produced by Playhouse Motion Pictures.