On January 4, 2023, the Kuttanad-based Malayalam lyricist and poet Beeyar Prasad aka B Rajendraprasad handed away owing to problems from a mind haemorrhage. Had he been round, he would have been pleased with how a brief story that he had shared with Sanjeev Sivan fructified right into a characteristic film that’s now awaiting launch.
“In 2021, Prasad narrated the story in a nutshell to me. At that point, his well being didn’t permit him to develop the topic, however understanding my penchant for common themes, he urged I take it ahead. I wrote my model and went forward with the capturing. He had seen most components of the film however, sadly, he’s not with us anymore,” says Sanjeev talking to us over the telephone from Kochi.
The 90-minute characteristic film Ozhuki ozhuki ozhuki is a major film 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 solid him was made. “When the story was narrated to my mother-in-law, she urged that we solid Sidhanshu within the position of the younger boy, who’s 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 day by day wage employee in a fishing cooperative who lives 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 discovery of a floating physique within the water adjustments Paakaran’s life.
Anticipating the problem of casting his son in a job the place the character seems in each body of the film, Sanjeev and his spouse, actor-filmmaker Deepti Pillay Sivan despatched him for a few appearing workshops in Mumbai. “He labored exhausting, ready himself effectively and introduced himself to me. Only then I used to be satisfied. He earned this position,” says the proud father.
Dreams and dedication
Joining within the dialog, the 12-year-old describes the sensation when he was first instructed he can be a part of the film: “ I at all times needed to behave and would nag my mother and father however when it occurred it got here as an enormous shock and I used to be tremendous excited,” he says including he realised the worth of the chance and needed to do his finest. “I used to follow my dialogues in entrance of the mirror. Not desirous to disappoint my dad drove me to present my finest.”
With a formidable crew like Resul Pookutty (sound engineer), Sreekar Prasad (editor), Manoj Pillai (cinematographer) and Tuomas Kantenlinen (music) the film additionally has Kumbalangi nights-fame Soubin Shahir, Baiju, Anjana, Devu and Tamil actor Narain is its solid. Sanjeev pulled off a shock by casting a neighbourhood girl Sarita who had no appearing expertise, within the position of Paakaran’s mom. “Sidhanshu is kind of pleasant with Sarita and after I seen their bonding I felt it should work effectively for the film. Needless to say, their chemistry was an asset to the film,” says Sanjeev.
Describing the first-day shoot with his son, Sanjeev says he was not comfortable with the end result and located his son to be too nervous. “I talked to and defined that Amma had put cash into the film and we can’t afford to waste time and he needed to carry out with out getting overwhelmed within the presence of massive actors. On day 2, I discovered a change in him. Every shot was okayed within the first take and the film, meant for a 28-day shoot, received accomplished in 15 days,” says Sanjeev.
“It was like sitting for a Board examination,” laughs Sidhanshu. “Trying to grasp the character and searching on the world from his perspective helped me carry out higher and stored up the boldness all through,” says Sidhanshu who’s the third era Sivan and the primary one to be in entrance of the digicam. “My mom is a giant inspiration and I like Mammootty uncle… really in numerous movies I like completely 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, nonetheless, didn’t lure him to the trail of business cinema. A filmmaking graduate from New York University, he made 30 quick movies and 85 documentaries, together with just a few for National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel and Al Jazeera, which received him worldwide awards. His documentaries Achtung Baby on the Indo-Aryan tribe within the Himalayas, Underground Inferno on fireplace accidents inside mines and After Life, a poignant film on a mother and father’ battle for the possession of their deceased son’s semen had been a number of the outstanding documentaries he made.
With Ozhuki...’s trailer out, the workforce is ready for the Kerala Film Festival’s notification to enter its competitors, other than just a few worldwide film festivals.