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Shankaramangalm in the limelight

Dennis Marcus Mathew


Raj Nair, Thakazhi’s grandson, is making a feature film.




Ceremonial: Thakazhi Shivashankara Pillai’s wife Katha and grandson Raj Nair during the puja ceremony of the film ‘Punyam Aham.’

ALAPPUZHA: Storytelling is in his genes. And he has already proved that he is no greenhorn when it comes to adapting his stories for celluloid.

Raj Nair, the grandson of Malayalam literary giant, the late Thakazhi Shivashankara Pillai, made the first step towards his dream of a full-length feature film, at his ancestral home, Shankaramangalam, at Thakazhi here on Wednesday.

His grandmother, Katha, lit the lamp during the ‘puja’ ceremony, assisted by Coir and Cooperation Minister G. Sudhakaran and cine artiste Samvritha Sunil, among others.

Talking to reporters later, Mr. Nair said shooting for the movie, ‘Punyam Aham,’ would begin on January 10 at Ottappalam, after which the location would shift to Nedumudi and Thakazhi.

Prithviraj and Ms. Sunil play the lead in the film, which Mr. Nair says he began writing four years back with Prithviraj himself in mind.

Nedumudi Venu, KPAC Lalitha, M.R. Gopakumar and Nishanth Sagar play significant roles in the movie, which will have M.J. Radhakrishnan as the cinematographer and Isaac Kottukapilly as music director while Beena Paul will handle the editing. Mr. Nair, Shyamaprasad and Janardhana Menon are producing the movie under the label of Mirabilia Films.

“The movie is based on man’s escapism in the background of globalisation, with the legend of Vararuchi and Naranathu Branthan providing the base,” said Mr. Nair.

For Thakazhi’s grandson, a feature film could be the natural step forward after making an entry on to the literary stage as a poet, then as a novelist and not long back, as a docu-fiction director when he made ‘Kazhchavasthukkal,’ based on the loneliness of his grandmother on a much more general platform.

Mr. Nair will be stationed in Kerala, more so in Thakazhi with his wife, Anut Itthagarun, and their children till the movie is over, taking a break from his hectic schedule as an oral medicine professor at a university in Brisbane, Australia.

District Superintendent of Police C.H. Nagaraju and a number of other dignitaries were present for the puja ceremony.

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