A peek into the making of Pullippulikalum aattinkuttiyum……
Coming up with more!
Today I have two glad tidings to share! First Pullippulikalum Aattinkuttiyum, my next movie has completed shooting schedule. Second, I am off to Hyderabad for Filmfare awards. As of now, I’m informed that the best director award for last year awaits me!
We shot `Pullippulikalum Aattinkuttiyum’ in the midst of the worst flood Kuttanad witnessed in last forty years and have a lot of invaluable moments during the progress of shooting. The subjects and visuals we experienced could well become a novel, if I elaborate. I shall write one after another in the blog for you. `Pullippulikalum Aattinkuttiyum’ would reach theatres by 9th August. Now am catching a flight to Hyderabad. Shall write in detail as I get back… Till then adieu!
Enjoy and get back for more!
Spanish Masala with a Kerala flavor
Finally cooking is almost done !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!
I was in Madrid last month, on location hunt. Think of Spain, and off you swing to bull fights, football and the Flamenco dance. Theme of my new film, Spanish Masala has direct link to the lives of the people of Spain.
I think twice, before claiming this would be a visual treat; let me confess, I am not sure. But I am completely at ease about one thing- that is the feeling about emotions. People all over the world, be it in Spain, Kerala or elsewhere possess the same emotions at heart. Their way, style and mode of expression may differ. So you will see the emotions at work between two cultures, languages and lifestyles.
Whenever script writer Benny, actor Dileep, music director Vidya Sagar and me speak to each other after announcing Spanish Masala we are tense. I got this vibration from them that the expectation of our well wishers from this film is very, very high!! We feel it has only one reason, and that is our last collaborative effort – `Chandupottu’… In fact now I feel it has started making me even nervous! Dear friends… let me tell you, Spanish Masala needs to be a different film with all innate flavors to it.. We just hope we deliver the original spirit of the story of two human beings who chance upon each other away from this green God’s own land of ours!
I want to tell you about the Pooja of Spanish Masala. We did a quiet ceremony at Varsha Vallagi studio in Chennai on 13th July. It was attended by Vidya Sagar, Executive Producer Nazim, Editor Ranjan Abraham and very few well wishers. All my films except Classmates and Neelathamara had such solemn Pooja moments. Whenever we had Vidyaji in the team the Pooja was performed at Varsha Vallagi. The song composition is done. Now orchestration is in full swing. We hope all would appreciate the Music. As I told you R.Venugopal is the song writer, being with the advertisement world he also has penned for Club FM.
The funny, unusual thing this time was that I forgot to invite the actor who plays the protagonist in the film, to the event. Yes, forgot to tell Dileep about the occasion! Not just him but all actors including Kunchacko Bobban and Biju Menon….. Now you can imagine how they must have felt…After the ceremony I get a call from Dileep with genuine emotions for not telling the news. As you would be aware personally and professionally all of us are closely linked. Such omissions would definitely hurt. I told them that my home front had been in a bit of commotion with one of my family members getting admitted in a hospital during these days. And I was attending the event straight from the hospital. After Pooja I flew back to the same hospital. Dileep has been shooting in Ootty for his film `Mr.Marumakan’. Once we chatted, he was fine and we pacified each other. I wish his film the very best of receptions and Spanish Masala the same!
Among all my films only Neelathamara had a gala event for Pooja. Obviously the film demanded a different placement. Rest all were less talked about affairs. Now that the blessings are asked for, and offering made to the almighty please keep Spanish Masala in your prayers too!
I know it’s a huge gap! And loads of news to tell you! `Spanish Masala’ is my new film. The cast from Malayalam includes Dileep, Kunchacko Bobban, Biju Menon, Kala Ranjini, Vinaya Prasad, Nelson and Gopalan. Remaining set of actors will be from Europe. Benny P.Nayarambalam writes the screenplay, Loganathan wields the camera, Gokuldas does art direction, Ranjan Abraham handles editing and make up to be done by Sreejith Guruvayur. Costume designers are Arun Manohar and Aravind.R. The film is being produced by Naushad with Big screen as the banner. Nazim and Sajith are line producers. Vinod Shornur will be the production controller.
As the name suggests the story has Spain in the backdrop. Shooting will commence at Madrid and nearby locations. Spanish Masala is a love story with a humorous tint. I was flying along with the scripting, song composition and location hunt that I could not fetch you the nuances of getting them together! As you know I am still on Cinema Karyangal in Amrita TV as well. But let me assure you now not to trample with this thread that ties both of us together and keep giving you the news as warm as suggested by the name of the film!
We have a new song writer Venugopal for whom Vidyasagar sets the music. Venugopal so far has written four songs for us and has an advertisement industry background.
We did reckee trips to Spain, Austria and Check republic of which I will be detailing in the next post. Till then you take care,