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As a diligent home husband in Madhu Warrier’s Lalitham Sundaram, Saiju Kurup gained the hearts of viewers. The Manju Warrier-starrer, streaming on Disney+Hotstar, evokes combined reactions from audiences however Saiju’s flawless act as Sandeep comes up trumps.

Says the actor: “I’m not a stranger to cleansing and cooking. In truth, in the course of the lockdowns, I used to be doing all of the washing up within the kitchen and a bit of cooking too. I used to be in a position to slip into the character with none problem.”

In response to Saiju, Sandeep and he share many traits. Like Sandeep, Saiju dislikes confrontation and he says even an argument on the units or a minor altercation on the street can upset him.

 Saiju Kurup in a still of Lalitham Sundaram

Saiju Kurup in a nonetheless of Lalitham Sundaram
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2022 guarantees to be a occurring yr for him. His first movie of the yr was Meppadiyan (January 2022). After taking part in the lead in Janamaithri (2019) and Upachaarapoorvam Gunda Jayan (2022), he’ll quickly be seen taking part in the protagonist in Vipin Das’ Antakshari, releasing on SonyLIV. Saiju performs Circle Inspector Das within the thriller, a cop with a penchant for enjoying ‘Antakshari’ , a music-based sport.

“It’s a psycho-thriller that additionally focusses on the bonding of a household. Das nabs wrong-doers for petty circumstances and if they will’t play the sport, woe betide them! It’s an fascinating position and the movie narrates a turning level in Das’ life,” narrates Saiju.

Since Antakshari started capturing in September 2020, simply after permission was given after the primary lockdown, the solid and crew needed to keep in a security bubble. When two of them got here down with COVID-19, your complete workforce needed to be quarantined. As well as, when a panchayat or space they had been capturing in was declared a containment zone, they needed to cool their heels and await restrictions to be lifted to renew work.

“There have been difficulties that we needed to overcome on account of the lockdown and pandemic. Though delayed by just a few days, we had been in a position to full the shoot,” recollects Saiju.

Memorable characters

After making his debut because the hero in Hariharan’s Mayookham (2009), Saiju has had his ups and down in cinema. He was seen in a number of films and Saiju got here good in a number of character roles. His breakthrough position in VK Prakash’s Trivandrum Lodge (2012) was adopted by a spread of fascinating characters. Happily, the actor escaped being typecast. His versatility as an actor has been his power.

“My age has been a bonus. I can play the hero’s good friend or his uncle. Due to a bunch of younger actors who’ve been in a position to carry a movie on their shoulders, I’ve been to behave with them in good initiatives.”

Saiju Kurup in Meppadiyan

Saiju Kurup in Meppadiyan
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He was on a roll when the primary lockdown to fight the pandemic was introduced. Driving License , Prathi Poovankozhi and Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25 had been amongst his movies that yr. Janamaithri was additionally launched that yr although it didn’t do nicely on the field workplace. Later, Janamaithri was telecast on Asianet and Amazon Prime the place it garnered its share of views. Whereas Forensic , through which Saiju had an fascinating position, was into its second week in cinemas, the lockdown got here into pressure.

“My well-wishers felt that it was a pity that work had come to a standstill when my characters had been going locations. However I checked out in one other manner. Your complete world was going by a disaster. It was not simply me or my a part of the world. I firmly imagine that no matter roles are meant for me will come to me.”

He feels that the six-month break when he was at residence helped him sit again and take inventory of his profession. “Maybe, my appearing might need grow to be mechanical and monotonous if I continued appearing.”

He insists that he doesn’t put together for any character. “My position is designed by the author and my director. I rely on them utterly.”

Arising subsequent are twelfth Man, Bermuda, Prakashan Parakkatte and Theerpu.


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