Chakki is the first genuine `star’ in the sets of Neelathaamara. Without undergoing any training in performance, she won the hearts of all onlookers and they clapped spontaneously! After meeting her I was wondering if our concepts about doing home work for any kind of acting are to be revised! No reading and viewing… No lengthy mental preparations and not even any observation! She came, she did as she understood and she won! I have begun thinking that may be certain things in life are done better without preparations…!

This seventy three year old woman hailing from a typical dalit background in remote Palakkad still earns her living by manual labour. She is childless; but as far as we see her she has a candid and warm heart. Innate to any good mother she adjusts with situations and fellow beings in no time! We had to cut open her black plastic bangles for the sake of a scene, and she exclaimed with the natural mischievous glint in her eye, “Don’t forget to buy them when you send me back!” Chakkiyamma lost her life partner about twenty three years back, yet she goes on in life with remarkable positive energy. She was called but sent back without a shot one day, due to heavy rain. This was after she waited from morning till night fall. We felt uncomfortable to pacify her after we wasted her day. But all of us were in for surprise when she exclaimed pleasantly that she didn’t mind the inconvenience. The crew of Neelathamara savors these instances as bonus points…Such relationships make our life livable… Hope I can introduce more such lives who make our living worthwhile during this shoot.


12 responses

  1. Hi lalu,

    I loved her the moment i set eyes on her. I am talking about chakki- her beautiful smile and the sparkling eyes. i knew she is a sweet heart. Hope rain doesn’t drench the spirits. see you in two days.

  2. Dear Laljosettan,am really proud of u to have an experiment with “NEELATHAAMARA”.You may not b aware that u r in the same land of NJERALATHU RAAMAPOTHUVAAL’S ANCESTRAL HOME LAND.He left 2acres of land there very close to that AANAKKARA VADAKKATH”.as an astroleger directed him….His childhood days are there…kumaranalloor also his place….That KURINJIKKAAVIL BHAGAVATHY TEMPLE IS HIS FATHER’S HOUSE(U CAN SEE IT CLOSE TO THAT TEMPLE.)
    The way u selected the artists and the incidents are quite natural.Because its such a land…Mr.M.G.SASI who mind the life of NANDANAAR and NJERALATHU got a boundfless recognition…AANAKKARA,ANGADIPPURAM,….these are such a particular lands with a different life ..You await for the story of ORIGINAL RAAMAPOTHUVAAL WHICH I FINISHE AS A ONELINE..
    Neelathaamara will hit upto nationala and abroad level…do it carefully and slowly..
    Please visit NJERALATHU KALAASHRAMAM at angadippuram b4 u leaving malappuram dt.

  3. I trust you sir. You take a good job with a big risk.I know it is very risk to remake a film…especially The super magic writer’s (My guru) screenplay.After releasing this movie I assure you you will become a most superior part of malayalam movie….

  4. Laluchetta it has been a perfect selection as far as Chakkiamma is concerned.She has won the hearts of the whole unit with her natural reactions at the set as well b4 the camera. This only shows that she will be very much accepted by the audience who are eagerly waiting for the release of this great work.Indeed it is so nice to see you take this risk and experiment such talents.

  5. …accidentally happened read ur blog when I was searching something else which is not even related to cinema … 🙂 this blog has taken me back to my village near Thrithala… the way you have put in words to descibe diff characters r so genuine n straight frm heart…! or may be the places u cited are familiar to me n even Vaidyamadom namboodiri n Chakkiamma … this just happened to be a conincidence .. bcos its pooram in our temple today … n I was thinking about it the whole day…
    thanks .. keep blogging 🙂

    Goodluck for all your movies .. !

  6. ചക്കിയമ്മയെ പറ്റി എഴുതിയത് വളരെ ഇഷ്ടമായി. കുട്ടികാലത്ത് എന്‍റെ വീട്ടിലും ഇത് പോലുള്ള ഒരു അമ്മൂമ്മ വരുമായിരുന്നു. പെട്ടെന്ന് അവരുടെ ഓര്‍മ വന്നു. വളരെ നന്നായി ഈ പോസ്റ്റ്‌

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