In his second directorial enterprise, the actor has introduced collectively an ensemble solid headlined by Tovino Thomas and Darshana Rajendran

In his second directorial enterprise, the actor has introduced collectively an ensemble solid headlined by Tovino Thomas and Darshana Rajendran

Vineeth Kumar is ecstatic that he has ticked many packing containers from his wishlist in his second directorial, Dear Friend, which releases on June 10.

The actor, who made his directorial debut with the Fahadh Faasil-starrer Ayaal Njaanalla in 2015, has fulfilled his dream of working with cinematographer Shyju Khalid and the author duo of Sharfu and Suhas, recognized for movies similar to Varathan, Virus and Puzhu.

Vineeth has hit a jackpot with the solid too. Besides Tovino Thomas, Darshana Rajendran and director Basil Joseph, the movie has Arjun Lal, Arjun Radhakrishnan and Sanchana Natarajan. They play a group of buddies based mostly in Bengaluru.

“There have been many movies on friendship. But Dear Friend has a different take on friendship. We all have that expensive pal (s) whom we consider might be with us for ever. We share our joys, hopes and fears with them, even those who we don’t inform our quick household. But what if that pal decides to get out of that relationship? That’s whenever you realise that you haven’t understood that individual. Dear Friend explores this angle of friendship.”

Vineeth Kumar (left) with actor-director Basil Joseph on the location of ‘Dear Friend’

Vineeth Kumar (left) with actor-director Basil Joseph on the situation of ‘Dear Friend’
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It was Arjun Lal who took the story concept to Vineeth. “He has lived in Bengaluru for a while and so the narrative has a lot of his private experiences. I felt that it had the potential to be made into a movie. But since I used to be busy with pre-production work of my second movie after Ayaal Njaanalla at the moment, we considered doing it later,” says Vineeth. However, later, he focussed on Dear Friends and put his second mission on maintain.

Vineeth observes that Tovino’s is a new character in his filmography. “There is an innocence in his dialogue supply and we needed to faucet into that facet of his appearing. Even although I used to be unsure if he would be capable of pull it off, he was on observe inside a couple of days. As for different actors, they had been chosen as a result of we thought they match the invoice.”

Friends eternally

Tovino Thomas and Arjun Radhakrishnan in a still from 'Dear Friend' directed by Vineeth Kumar

Tovino Thomas and Arjun Radhakrishnan in a nonetheless from ‘Dear Friend’ directed by Vineeth Kumar
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He says that the actors acquired alongside so properly on their very own that he didn’t must make any effort. “They are smart, skilled actors. I needed their performances to be natural and I acquired precisely what I needed. After the shoot they’d hang around collectively, celebration and have enjoyable. Besides Bengaluru, we had a 10-day schedule in Mumbai as properly. Some of them weren’t even wanted for these scenes, however they travelled to Mumbai, paying from their pocket simply to be with the group,” he provides.

So how was it like working with three different administrators: Shyju, Sameer and Basil? “The making course of turned out to be clean with so many skilled and proficient individuals round. I used to be assured that I’d be capable of make the movie the way in which I had conceptualised it. Had Shyju and Sameer not come on board [as producers] the mission wouldn’t have occurred. It would have been troublesome for me to persuade every other producer with the storyline we had,” Vineeth says. Ashiq Usman is the third producer of the film.

Being a filmmaker

Acting comes solely second to course for Vineeth, who has carried out many movies as a youngster actor earlier than he began enjoying supporting roles. He has determined to not act in his personal motion pictures however continues to behave and has an upcoming launch, Simon Daniel.

Vineeth Kumar (left) with cinematographers Sameer Thahir and Shyju Khalid, who are also producers of 'Dear Friend'

Vineeth Kumar (left) with cinematographers Sameer Thahir and Shyju Khalid, who’re additionally producers of ‘Dear Friend’
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“I at all times needed to be behind the digicam, in all probability due to my father who’s a photographer. When I used to be younger, I tried to make movies with my siblings. I’ve been making advert movies for 12 years now. I’m a self-taught filmmaker. I really feel that if I had assisted a filmmaker, I might need been influenced by that specific director’s strategy to a topic,” he explains.

Even although Ayaal Njaanalla didn’t do properly in theatres, Vineeth says that he was not heartbroken. “Just earlier than the discharge of the film, Nazriya [Fahadh’s wife] requested if it was going to be a hit. I advised her that it will be a median film and he or she was shocked. I mentioned so as a result of for a film to be a blockbuster, it has to be a love story, comedy or a thriller. Ayaal Njaanalla doesn’t fall into any of that classes. So I needed to say the story in probably the most fascinating method with out relying on these components and that was not straightforward,” he indicators off.

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