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The debutant director talks about bringing collectively Mammootty and Parvathy for the primary time

The debutant director talks about bringing collectively Mammootty and Parvathy for the primary time

When Ratheena PT met Mammootty as a starstruck fan, little did she suppose she could be directing him in her debut movie, Puzhu, which brings collectively Mammootty and Parvathy Thiruvothu for the primary time. The star, nevertheless, inspired Ratheena to comply with her ardour by working in cinema. Ratheena says she was not simply content material with making her directorial debut however in some way hoped it might star Mammootty.

Later, the filmmaker met Mammootty with a one-line story that the latter thought had potential. He put Ratheena in contact with Unda’s scenarist Harshad to work on the screenplay since Ratheena felt she would possibly discover it tough to write down with a toddler to take care of. Harshad got here up with a highway film, however the big-budget movie didn’t take off because of the pandemic The trio considered a plan B.

“That’s when Harshad ikka (elder brother) advised the story of Puzhu. I assumed it was probably the most shifting tales I had heard. After I despatched it to Mammootty, he mentioned he appreciated it too. We have been again on observe. That was how Puzhu advanced.”

Harshad took Sharafudheen and Suhas onboard to write down the screenplay. “We rented a flat in Kozhikode and bought right down to work. At each stage, we saved the star within the loop,” says Ratheena.

She says whereas writing the screenplay, in addition they saved discussing the forged. That’s when Parvathy’s identify got here up. “As quickly as Harshad ikka referred to as her and advised her the one-line story, she discovered it intriguing and agreed to take heed to the story. We additionally advised Mammooka who responded with a ‘thumbs up’ signal. Parvathy was all of the extra enthused when she heard that I used to be directing Puzhu,” says Ratheena, who had beforehand labored as the manager producer for Parvathy’s Uyare.

Film director Ratheena PT

Movie director Ratheena PT
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In accordance with Ratheena, Puzhu is extra about “the world of a personality and the way sure incidents form his perspective of individuals and the world. Furthermore, the protagonist’s identify isn’t revealed within the preliminary scenes.” The director factors out how many people are referred to by many names and phrases of endearment by numerous individuals. Ratheena factors out how every of our lives additionally has features of drama, romance, tragedy and thriller.

“Whereas the movie is about one particular person’s life, it additionally dwells upon the individuals whose lives are linked along with his. Isn’t that how our lives are?”

What in regards to the title Puzhu (worm)? “Nicely, once you see the movie, the puzhu manifests in several methods. For each viewer, the puzhu could possibly be completely different. Even Mamookka’s character’s identify is revealed solely when the puzhu enters the scene,” says Ratheena. Each the trailer and sources point out that Mammootty’s character has unfavorable shades and is a job that he has not performed earlier than on screenRatheena, nevertheless, maintains that it’s a film to be skilled and never defined.

“Each Mammotty and Parvathy are professionals. It was easy crusing on the units. Though there have been a couple of who puzzled whether or not I might pull it off, I had no doubts. We’ve seen them in lots of characters and so we all know how they step in for a personality.”

As Ratheena joins the the choose listing of ladies administrators in Malayalam cinema, she factors out that since she knew that her vacation spot was tinsel city, she was comfortable to work in any area related to cinema. “I’ve assisted Revathy. I’ve labored in advert movies and for movie promotions.”

Ratheena observes that whereas author-backed feminine roles have been aplenty in several intervals of Malayalam cinema, the rising presence of ladies technicians is a optimistic pattern.

“After I started working in films, it was tough to search out even one girl working behind the digital camera. That has modified fully. Now, there are such a lot of girls working in several departments. That, I really feel, is an important change within the Malayalam movie business. I’m a part of that change. That’s how I, a mom, has been in a position to direct my movie.”

Puzhu releases on SonyLIV on Could 13.


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