On January 4, 2023, the Kuttanad-based Malayalam lyricist and poet Beeyar Prasad aka B Rajendraprasad handed away owing to issues from a mind haemorrhage. Had he been round, he would have been happy with how a brief story that he had shared with Sanjeev Sivan fructified right into a characteristic movie that’s now awaiting launch.
“In 2021, Prasad narrated the story in a nutshell to me. At that time, his health didn’t allow him to develop the subject, but knowing my penchant for universal themes, he suggested I take it forward. I wrote my version and went ahead with the shooting. He had seen most parts of the film but, unfortunately, he’s not with us anymore,” says Sanjeev talking to us over the telephone from Kochi.
The 90-minute characteristic movie Ozhuki ozhuki ozhuki is a major movie for Sanjeev, the youngest of the Sivan brothers — following Santosh and Sangeeth — because it marks the appearing debut of his 12-year-old son Sidhanshu Sanjeev Sivan, although the script was readied lengthy earlier than the choice to forged him was made. “When the story was narrated to my mother-in-law, she suggested that we cast Sidhanshu in the role of the young boy, who is pivotal to the film. It was her dream to see Sidhanshu as an actor,” says Sanjeev.
Life by the water
The story is of a younger boy Paakaran, a every day wage employee in a fishing cooperative who lives together with his mom. He lives by the idyllic backwaters of Kuttanad in Kerala and develops a particular bond with the flowing water and desires of turning into a boatman like his father who had died in a ship capsize. The invention of a floating physique within the water modifications Paakaran’s life.
Anticipating the problem of casting his son in a task the place the character seems in each body of the movie, Sanjeev and his spouse, actor-filmmaker Deepti Pillay Sivan despatched him for a few appearing workshops in Mumbai. “He worked hard, prepared himself well and presented himself to me. Only then I was convinced. He earned this role,” says the proud father.
Goals and willpower
Becoming a member of within the dialog, the 12-year-old describes the sensation when he was first advised he could be a part of the movie: “ I always wanted to act and would nag my parents but when it happened it came as a huge surprise and I was super excited,” he says including he realised the worth of the chance and wished to do his greatest. “I used to practice my dialogues in front of the mirror. Not wanting to disappoint my dad drove me to give my best.”
With a powerful crew like Resul Pookutty (sound engineer), Sreekar Prasad (editor), Manoj Pillai (cinematographer) and Tuomas Kantenlinen (music) the movie additionally has Kumbalangi nights-fame Soubin Shahir, Baiju, Anjana, Devu and Tamil actor Narain is its forged. Sanjeev pulled off a shock by casting a neighbourhood lady Sarita who had no appearing expertise, within the position of Paakaran’s mom. “Sidhanshu is quite friendly with Sarita and when I noticed their bonding I felt it will work well for the film. Needless to say, their chemistry was an asset to the film,” says Sanjeev.
Describing the first-day shoot together with his son, Sanjeev says he was not pleased with the end result and located his son to be too nervous. “I talked to and explained that Amma had put money into the film and we cannot afford to waste time and he had to perform without getting overwhelmed in the presence of big actors. On day 2, I found a change in him. Every shot was okayed in the first take and the film, meant for a 28-day shoot, got completed in 15 days,” says Sanjeev.
“It was like sitting for a Board exam,” laughs Sidhanshu. “Trying to understand the character and looking at the world from his perspective helped me perform better and kept up the confidence throughout,” says Sidhanshu who’s the third technology Sivan and the primary one to be in entrance of the digital camera. “My mother is a big inspiration and I like Mammootty uncle… actually in different films I like different actors,” he says. Sidhanshu has now set his objectives on turning into an actor.
In 2004, Sanjeev stepped out of his admin position in his household studios to direct Aparichitan with Mammootty. Its success, nevertheless, didn’t lure him to the trail of business cinema. A filmmaking graduate from New York College, he made 30 brief movies and 85 documentaries, together with a number of for Nationwide Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel and Al Jazeera, which gained him worldwide awards. His documentaries Achtung Child on the Indo-Aryan tribe within the Himalayas, Underground Inferno on fireplace accidents inside mines and After Life, a poignant movie on a mother and father’ battle for the possession of their deceased son’s semen had been a few of the exceptional documentaries he made.
With Ozhuki...’s trailer out, the group is ready for the Kerala Movie Pageant’s notification to enter its competitors, aside from a number of worldwide movie festivals.