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On the ties that bind society

G. JAYAKUMAR

Rajiv Anchal's films focus on the ups and downs of inter-personal relationships.


My next film titled `Bonsai boy' will also be shot in the U.S. It is about a mother and two children. RAJIV ANCHAL



MADE IN U.S.A.: Rajiv Anchal's `Nothing But Life' emphasises the importance of inter-personal relationships.

Director Rajiv Anchal's recent films address an international audience, particularly Americans, who, he says, have started evincing keen interest in other cultures.

"I have tried to portray personal relations. This is a universal subject based on the values of life,'' says Rajiv who has just completed the shooting of his film `Nothing But Life.'

The shooting was completed in 40 days at Las Vegas, Albuquerque, New Mexico in the United States (U.S.).

Madhavan, Nazar, and Neha Pendse are the lead actors in the film scripted by Bobby Nair. This happens to be Madhavan's maiden film in English. The others in the cast include Innocent, Babu Antony, Thampi Antony and Kaveri. Keith Grushala wields the camera.

Story of an orphan

The protagonist is an orphan, Roby, who migrates to the U.S. with the help of a priest and works as a barman in a casino in Las Vegas. Roby is a simple happy-go-lucky youngster who believes in helping people in distress. But he has a suicidal tendency.

Rajiv's attempt is to throw light on the inner turmoil of a youngster who seems to have a positive attitude towards life. It emphasises the importance of inter-personal relationship and friendship.

Music was composed by Vidyasagar and re-recording was done by Ousepachan. The film, produced by Golden Wings Cinema, a U.S.-based company, is slated for release in the U.S. soon. It will also be shown at multiplex theatres in Mumbai and other major cities, he says.

Next film

"My next film titled `Bonsai boy' will also be shot in the U.S. It is about a mother and two children. Again personal relationships are explored." .

He plans to make a film in Hindi to reflect the "true identity of womanhood."

"Women can be empowered only through their own self-realisation. When they are able to respond to situations, then that power is realised. All major wars have been fought in her name. But society curtails the freedom of a woman. Commercial hoardings do not portray the real woman. These are traps as the new generation will realise," elaborates Rajiv who made his directorial debut in 1986 with `Ammanam kili.'

After studying sculpture at the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, he made his foray into films as an art director in Lenin Rajendran's film, `Chillu.'

"I had worked as an art director for several noted filmmakers like Aravindan, Padmarajan and K.G. George. I was the art director of `Atharvam,' `Iyer the Great,' `Purappadu,' `Njan Gandharvan,' and so on.

He was the scenarist and director of `Pilots,' `Beyond the Soul' and `Nothing but Life.'

At the Honolulu Film Festival, the film bagged the best actor award for Thampi Antony.

In 1997, his film `Guru was' the official Indian entry at the Oscars.

A follower of Karunakara Guru, Rajiv says that his films have tried to implement follow the advice of his guru.

He adds, "My guru told me that `prakasam (light) is god. Prakasam through the medium of cinema should be enlightening.' This is the underlying concept of all my films, including `Nothing but Life."'

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