Every movie wins an actor a special set of viewers and I cherish that have, says actor Sharafudheen

As Priyan Ottathilaanu, his new movie as protagonist reaches theatres, the actor seems again at his journey in Malayalam cinema

As Priyan Ottathilaanu, his new movie as protagonist reaches theatres, the actor seems again at his journey in Malayalam cinema

When he began his profession, audiences thought that comedy was Sharafudheen’s forte, due to a string of likeable roles, beginning with Girirajan Kozhi, a flirt and bluffer in Alphonse Puthren’s Premam. Then he shocked the viewers with adverse roles: because the lecherous Josey in Varathan and the serial killer Benjamin Louis in Anjaam Pathira. Earlier than he received typecast, there got here Sanu John Varughese’s Aarkkariyam, during which he performed Roy, an easygoing husband burdened by a secret.

Priyan Ottathilaanu, which releases on June 24, has Sharaf enjoying the protagonist. In a telephonic dialog, Sharaf says that individuals would be capable to relate to his character, Priyadarshan. “He’s a homeopathic physician, a middle-class married man with a baby. A individuals pleaser, he finds his private life in tatters as he’s anticipated to all the time assist others. His ambition and desires take a backseat. I do know an individual like him and I’m certain there are a number of Priyans round us,” says Sharaf.

Sharafudheen in 'Priyan Ottathilaanu'

Sharafudheen in ‘Priyan Ottathilaanu’
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Directed by Antony Sony, who made his mark along with his debut movie, the Manju Warrier-starrer C/O Saira Banu (2017), Priyan Ottathilaanu is written by the scenarist duo of Abhayakumar and Anil Kurian, who’ve movies reminiscent of Punyalan Agarbathis and Chathurmugham to their credit score. “It was Abhay who approached me with the script. I preferred it and after some adjustments within the script, they approached Antony Sony,” says Sharaf. Whereas Aparna Das (final seen in Beast) performs his spouse, Nyla Usha is forged in a major position.

Sharaf observes that though Neeyum Njaanum (2019) is credited as his first film as a hero, he “turned the primary character throughout the making course of. I used to be forged as one of many characters initially. However Priyan Ottathilaanu is the primary film I signed with the conviction that I’d be capable to pull off the position of the protagonist.”

Sharaf feels that he received proper roles on the proper time. At the same time as he was driving excessive on comedy with movies reminiscent of Glad Marriage ceremony, Pretham, Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela and so forth., Jeethu Joseph gave him a severe position in Pranav Mohanlal-starrer Aadhi. However the largest turnaround was Varathan.

His character in Aarkkariyam is his favorite until date. “I might pull it off due to the best way Sanu chettan defined the position. He’s a person of detailing and was clear about each side of the character. Folks have been extraordinarily appreciative of my work in Varathan and Anjaam Pathira. However after the discharge of Aarrkariyam, I received appreciation from sudden quarters. That’s after I realised that every movie wins an actor a special set of viewers and I cherish that have,” he says.

Turning producer

Within the meantime, he turned producer with Chavittu, which received awards for the second finest movie, finest sync sound and finest choreography on the recently-announced Kerala State Movie Awards. Directed by Rahman Brothers, Sajas Rahman and Shinos Rahman, it was chosen for the Worldwide Movie Pageant Rotterdam early this yr.

Chavittu, which has a mix of documentary and drama, zooms into the world of theatre and theatre artistes. “I’m immensely proud that I might affiliate with a mission like Chavittu. I used to be planning to behave in a mission of the director duo. However the pandemic stalled the work and I couldn’t give them dates after that. Nonetheless, having recognized them from shut quarters and their love for cinema, I wished to affiliate with them and manufacturing was one thing I might do. It’s not simple being impartial filmmakers. They haven’t been capable of launch their earlier movie Vasanthi, which received three State awards, until now. We hope to stream it on the state-owned OTT platform [Cspace],” he provides.

Sharafudheen and Nyla Usha in a still from 'Priyan Ottathilaanu'

Sharafudheen and Nyla Usha in a nonetheless from ‘Priyan Ottathilaanu’
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Wanting again at his entry into Malayalam cinema, Sharaf says that he owes all of it to his mates who even have made a spot for themselves. Be it Alphonse Puthren, who gave him a small position in Neram and later a giant break in Premam or most of the actors in Premam who’ve been his mates from his hometown, Aluva. “Artwork and artists have all the time been my favorite house. However I don’t come from a spot the place I might say aloud that I wished to change into an actor. The dream was there and I knew I’d be capable to fulfill it sometime. Fortunately, I might reside that dream due to my mates,” he explains.

Sharaf, a self-confessed fan of Kamal Haasan, is elated that his mates too have performed heroes of their new releases — Krishna Sankar in Kochaal and Siju Wilson in Pathonpathaam Noottandu.

He’ll subsequent be seen because the lead in Senna Hegde’s 1744 White Alto. Expectations are excessive since Senna’s earlier work Thinkalazhcha Nischayam had wowed audiences. “I can’t reveal a lot concerning the position. However I can promise you that will probably be a novel movie-watching expertise,” Sharaf provides.

Amongst his different releases are Rorschach with Mammootty, Ntikkakkakkoru Premondarnn during which Bhavana is making her comeback, Shafi’s untitled film with Indrans and Anagha Narayanan and the bilingual Adrishyam.

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