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The makings of a potentially interesting movie for more than one reason
The usually quiet environs of a suburban maidan in Thiruvananthapuram is a flurry of activity, early in the morning on a blustery Wednesday. It is the day’s location for editor-turned director Arun Kumar Aravind’s new film ‘Ee Adutha Kaalathu.’
And a quintessentially Thiruvananthapuram affair – the tennis ball tournament being played with all seriousness
On one side of the maidan, two teams, one of them with actor Indrajith, are competing in a ‘tennis ball’ cricket tournament. Indrajith, who makes a slick ‘hook’ shot, is greeted with thumps on the back by his teammates and cheers from the assembled crowd. On the sidelines is actor Tanushri Ghosh, who is seen talking agitatedly on the phone. We also see actor Nishan, sporting a grungy look, loitering in the background. In another part of the ground, Jagathy Sreekumar is gingerly putting a blue Maruti car through the paces of an ‘H’ test to qualify for a driving license.
Director’s background with one of Thiruvananthapuram’s most entertaining sons
Arun, director Priyadarshan‘s regular editor, who debuted as a filmmaker with the spirited ‘Cocktail.’
Essentially, ‘Ee Adutha Kaalathu’ is the story of six individuals – Vishnu (Indrajith), Tom Cherian (Anoop Menon), Ajay Kurien (Murali Gopy), Remani (Mydhili), Madhuri Kurien (Tanushri), and Rustam (Nishan) – from a cross-section of society, all of whom are unwittingly interconnected by a quirk of fate.
And Indrajith, who plays a prominent part
The actor seems to be thrilled with the character, and, of course, the film itself. “It’s great that directors such as Arun, Lijo Jose Pellisherry, and Rajesh Pillai are stepping out of the box to make a different kind of cinema. This collective approach for change is exciting for Malayalam cinema and challenging for actors too. My character in ‘Ee Adutha Kaalathu’ is very unsophisticated, when compared to the suave role of businessman Ajay Kurien – the managing director of a hospital – played by Murali, or for that matter tech-savvy assistant police commissioner-with-an-attitude played by Anoop. And that’s the challenge of it. Besides, I am a native of Thiruvananthapuram, and for the first time in my career I’m delivering dialogues in its typical slang!” adds Indrajith.
Another native of Thiruvananthapuram
Besides the six main characters, Jagathy‘s role – that of a sleazy tabloid reporter Bonacaud Ramachandran – is also quite significant, providing a bit of comic relief here and there.
Moreover, Thiruvananthapuram too is a major character in the story. “It’s a city with over 1,500 years of heritage and if you open your eyes it has many stories of its own to tell,” says Arun, as the crew pack up to continue the shoot at KINFRA.
Some more details
‘Ee Adutha Kaalathu’ is being produced by Raju Malliyath under the banner of Ragam Movies. Gopi Sundar is composing the music, to lyrics by Rafeeq Ahmed. Still photographer is Jijesh.