Spanish Masala with a Kerala flavor
Finally cooking is almost done !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So far I have not spoken about my leading lady! Daniela Zacheri is a trained hip-hop dancer from Austria. She has completed one year acting course from UK film Institute. She naturally needed to be acclimatized to the kind of movements and acting familiar to Malayalee aesthetic. She has almost learned it by now and seems comfortable!
Nelson and Gopalan are the new members in the actors’ team from Kerala. Days and minutes are flying by. It feels like a huge new colourful kaleidoscope with a bunch of new elements added every moment!
We have two line producers – Miguel and Ceaser. Later Goyo took charge of directing the production crew. Maya from U.K is assisting him. (She is Spanish, though named Maya!!). She also assists with Spanish language related matters. As I have been sharing my concerns before shoot of two cultures, languages and different styles of operation; everything has been tough . But as we always say, believe in the goodness of mankind…things will start working out for better! And I think this shoot is a perfect example of our belief in almighty and fellow beings around! Thank you all!
Shooting of Spanish Masala started on First of August, in Madrid’s Jardines- de Sabatini. Switch on was done at the Roof top of the hotel. In Keralam, we usually light the traditional lamp, but as we were in Spain, there was a slight change from routine. Dileep lighted a candle and producer Noushad switched on the camera. Script writer Benny, Actors Biju Menon , Nelson and others along with Camera man Loganathan and the whole crew were present. Spanish – Malayalam translator Haritha and the rest of production personnel were there too.
We started with a song sequence of Dileep and Daniela. Though the summer is here in full strength, I was the least amused to see it drizzling as we started. All my friends in the crew had a smile. From nowhere the clouds gathered and lo! It’s commonplace for all my films to get a rain or drizzle in the beginning as if Mother Nature is showering us with blessings!
Series of snaps in the location at Madrid during a song sequence shoot.
Associate director Salam Palappetty, assistant director Raghu Rama Varma are seen along with Dileep, Daniela and myself.