Actor Althaf Manaf on making an area for himself in Malayalam movies

Althaf Manaf was barely 16 when he auditioned for Anil Radhakrishna Menon’s 2015 fantasy journey movie Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi. Regardless that it was a couple of moments on display, Althaf was crammed with a way of accomplishment. He had made it by the audition, to the large display, with out having any expertise in performing or anybody to information him.

His second movie occurred the next 12 months, Midhun Manuel Thomas’s Sunny Wayne-starrer Ann Mariya Kalippilanu. This time round, his position was longer and noticeable. He performed Sharath, the boy-next-door who helps the protagonist Ann Mariya discover a hitman to hunt revenge towards her bodily coaching trainer. “Although I had no expertise being on a set or amongst established actors, I didn’t really feel misplaced or nervous,” says Althaf.

Althaf Manaf in a still from Sara’s

Althaf Manaf in a nonetheless from Sara’s
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Whereas dealing with the digital camera, performing got here naturally to him, says Althaf. “However that’s not the case throughout performing camps. Most movies have performing camps that should assist every actor get into character and is a good platform for perfecting the half. However I’ve by no means been in a position to carry out in an performing camp. I’m a bundle of nerves in an performing camp,” laughs Althaf.

In a profession spanning seven years, Althaf has acted in 19 movies. “I’ve all the time been enthusiastic about cinema. Proper from childhood, I had nursed a dream of being part of movies. My household has been supportive too. I attempt to construct my very own contacts within the business and right this moment, I’m completely satisfied on the approach my profession has turned out,” says Althaf, who hails from Thrissur.

Althaf has acted in Aadya Rathri, Sara’s, Kunjeldho, Pappan, Porinju Mariam Jose, to say a couple of. He has additionally achieved a small position in Drishyam II, “an unforgettable expertise” as he met Lalettan (Mohanlal) for the primary time. “I had solely seen him on display and it was an enormous factor for me to be sharing area with him in a movie. He has no airs of a celebrity. I used to be in awe of him, however managed to stroll as much as him and introduce myself. I used to be struck by how pleasant and inspiring he was,” says Althaf.

Althaf Manaf in a still from Kapp

Althaf Manaf in a nonetheless from Kapp
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Althaf can be seen in upcoming movies Kapp starring Basil Joseph, Guru Somasundaram and Jude Anthani. He’s additionally part of Kunjammini’s Hospital starring Indrajith, Nyla Usha, Prakash Raj and Baburaj amongst others. At present, Althaf is working in a movie directed by Jexson Antony, a Vypeen-based humorous, feel-good movie.

“Having come this far itself is a good achievement for me. I simply wish to be part of movies,” says Althaf, who plans to study different elements of movie, reminiscent of cinematography and enhancing as nicely.

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