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

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

As Priyan Ottathilaanu, his new movie as protagonist reaches theatres, the actor appears 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 stunned the viewers with unfavorable roles: because the lecherous Josey in Varathan and the serial killer Benjamin Louis in Anjaam Pathira. Earlier than he obtained typecast, there got here Sanu John Varughese’s Aarkkariyam, wherein 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 have the ability to relate to his character, Priyadarshan. “He’s a homeopathic physician, a middle-class married man with a baby. A folks pleaser, he finds his private life in tatters as he’s anticipated to all the time assist others. His ambition and goals take a backseat. I do know an individual like him and I’m certain there are lots of Priyans round us,” says Sharaf.

Directed by Antony Sony, who made his mark together 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 corresponding to Punyalan Agarbathis and Chathurmugham to their credit score. “It was Abhay who approached me with the script. I favored 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 function.

Sharafudheen in a still from 'Priyan Ottathilaanu'

Sharafudheen in a nonetheless from ‘Priyan Ottathilaanu’
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Sharaf observes that despite the fact that Neeyum Njaanum (2019) is credited as his first film as a hero, he “grew to become the principle character through 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 might have the ability to pull off the function of the protagonist.”

Sharaf feels that he obtained proper roles on the proper time. At the same time as he was using excessive on comedy with movies corresponding to Completely happy Wedding ceremony, Pretham, Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela and many others., Jeethu Joseph gave him a severe function in Pranav Mohanlal-starrer Aadhi. However the greatest turnaround was Varathan.

His character in Aarkkariyam is his favorite until date. “I might pull it off due to the way in which Sanu chettan defined the function. He’s a person of detailing and was clear about each facet of the character. Individuals have been extraordinarily appreciative of my work in Varathan and Anjaam Pathira. However after the discharge of Aarrkariyam, I obtained appreciation from surprising quarters. That’s after I realised that every movie wins an actor a unique 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 greatest movie, greatest sync sound and greatest 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 12 months.

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 challenge like Chavittu. I used to be planning to behave in a challenge 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 isn’t simple being unbiased 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 buddies who even have made a spot for themselves. Be it Alphonse Puthren, who gave him a small function in Neram and later a giant break in Premam or most of the actors in Premam who’ve been his buddies from his hometown, Aluva. “Artwork and artists have all the time been my favorite area. However I don’t come from a spot the place I might say aloud that I wished to turn out to be an actor. The dream was there and I knew I might have the ability to fulfill it sometime. Fortunately, I might dwell that dream due to my buddies,” he explains.

Sharaf, a self-confessed fan of Kamal Haasan, is elated that his buddies 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 function. However I can promise you that it will likely be a novel movie-watching expertise,” Sharaf provides.

Sharafudheen in a still from 'Priyan Ottathilaanu'

Sharafudheen in a nonetheless from ‘Priyan Ottathilaanu’
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Amongst his different releases are Rorschach with Mammootty, Ntikkakkakkoru Premondarnn wherein Bhavana is making her comeback, Shafi’s untitled film with Indrans and Anagha Narayanan and the bilingual Adrishyam.

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