Restored model of G. Aravindan’s movie to premiere in the Cannes Classic Section

Restored model of G. Aravindan’s movie to premiere in the Cannes Classic Section

Malayalam actor Jalaja will walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday for the premiere of late auteur G. Aravindan’s restored movie Thampu (1978), now rechristened as Thamp.

Accompanying her might be Prakash R. Nair, son of Thamp’s producer G. Raveendranath Nair and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, archivist and movie director who took the initiative to restore the movie below the Film Heritage Foundation, based by him. It is the solely Indian movie to be screened in the Cannes Classic Section.

Thamp tells the story of a circus tenting in a village for 3 days and the interaction of relations between the circus artistes and the villagers.

Jalaja with her daughter Devi

Jalaja along with her daughter Devi
| Photo Credit: Special association

Veteran actor Jalaja, who went on to make her title in parallel and mainstream cinema in the late seventies, eighties and early nineties, made her debut in Thamp. Speaking over the cellphone earlier than she left for France, Jalaja says she remains to be in a dream-like state about this uncommon alternative 44 years after the movie was launched.

“I’m dazed and coming to phrases with the concept of attending the pageant,” she says.

Jalaja recollects that she was doing her pre-degree when she was solid in the movie. She says she acquired the function thanks to the late Nedumudi Venu and remembers him and Aravindan with gratitude. “It was night by the time my mom, Venu chettan and I reached Thirunavaya in Malappuram district.”

She remembers that until then she had not even seen an award-winning actor. Director Shaji N. Karun was filming Bharat Gopy when she reached the set. She was launched to Aravindan and he instructed her that she would have to start capturing the following day.

“Although I didn’t have many traces to communicate in the movie, I nonetheless bear in mind my pleasure at the considered working alongside Gopy chettan. By then, he had acted in Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Kodiyettam and was a nationwide award-winning actor.”

Jalaja says she was grateful she didn’t have lengthy traces to study as that enabled her to focus on her appearing.

The actor says she first obtained a touch that Thamp may make it to the Cannes from a radio jockey from Qatar who had interviewed her earlier than the launch of Malik.

Jalaja might be amongst the handful of Malayali actors to attend the Cannes Film Festival this 12 months. “Never did I dream that I might get a possibility to make it to the red carpet in an occasion attended by the who’s who of world cinema. I’m glad that it’s for a gem of a movie like Thamp,” she provides.

She and her daughter Devi are attending the pageant. After Jalaja took a break from cinema in 1992, she was seen in the Fahadh-Faasil-starrer Malik, through which Devi had made her debut.

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