“We are missing a happy movie”

Prithviraj: Lately we are missing a happy movie in Malayalam cinema (IANS Interview) (Image Credit: Instagram / therealprithvi)

Malayalam star Prithviraj Sukumaran acknowledges that the industry has been missing “happy movies,” and the reason is the contained environment everyone has been living in for the past year and a half.

“I think the main reason for this is that all the filmmakers, actors and producers, all of us, were forced to start thinking about contained films. Films that could be successful in these circumstances ”, shares the actor, as he opens up in a conversation with IANS.

“Most of the time when you start thinking along these lines, the genre you start to drift towards is a thriller, a dark satire that takes place in real space, like ‘Joji’. As is the usual practice, when you start to think of happy movies, movies that have a lot of actors, laughter, joy, comedy and music, you start to think that this is big and that the movie has many places, people and places. Therefore, he does not usually think along those lines, when he thinks what kind of film he can achieve in the given circumstances (of the pandemic and the lockdown), ”says Prithviraj Sukumaran.

Prithviraj Sukumaran made his directorial debut in 2019 with the movie “Lucifer,” and now he’s all set to wield the megaphone again in the recently announced “Bro Daddy.” In addition to him, the film will also be headlined by superstar Mohanlal. Prithviraj calls it a happy movie that has been largely absent from Malayalam cinema lately.

“I was supposed to come with my next director, which was supposed to be a sequel to ‘Lucifer.’ It was a much bigger movie. If things had been the way we wanted, then it would have been shot this year, but for obvious reasons we couldn’t get started. To me, it seems that we are missing a happy movie in Malayalam cinema for the last year and a half. All the content we see in Kerala is dark. It’s a murder mystery or a dark satire or an investigative thriller, ”says Prithviraj Sukumaran.

“I thought we were all missing a happy movie, which was when these two writers came over and narrated the script to me. I found it interesting, fun, and most of all, I found it to be a light and really nice watch. I casually related the idea to Mr. Mohanlal via a zoom call and he said we were doing this and the project took off, ”recalls the actor and filmmaker.

Prithviraj Sukumaran made his Bollywood debut with the 2012 film “Aiyaa” alongside Rani Mukerji, and was later seen in such films as “Aurangzeb” (2013) and “Naam Shabana” (2017). However, her presence in Bollywood has been rare ever since.

“I’ve heard a few scripts in between, but the fact is that Malayalam cinema is going through such a high time and all of us found such good content here in Malayalam, that it would require something really good to come and invest that kind of a moment in a Hindi movie, although I look forward to it. I hope something good enough finds its way to me, “he says.

Right now, Prithviraj Sukumaran is gearing up for his next film, the dark mystery thriller “The Cold Case.” He shares that filming for the Malayalam movie was a new experience for him.

“This will be one of the first movies I made with post-pandemic regulations. We weren’t used to social distancing on set, being masked all the time. This movie was shot with all precautions strictly in mind. Most of us would remember filming ‘The Cold Case’ because we were all coming together for the first time after the pandemic, ”he says of the filming of the movie, which will soon air on Amazon Prime Video.

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