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Flash of suspense

P.K. AJITH KUMAR

‘Flash’ has Mohanlal and Sibi Malayil working together after a seven-year interval.



Thriller: Jagathy Sreekumar, Mohanlal and Parvathi star in Sibi Malayil’s ‘Flash.’

Together, they have given Malayalam cinema many fine films. Sibi Malayil and Mohanlal, the director-actor duo that made memorable films such as ‘Kireedom,’ ‘Sadayam,’ ‘Bharatham,’ ‘His Highness Abdulla,’ ‘Kamaladalam’ and ‘Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam,’ are teaming up again, after a seven-year break for ‘Flash,’ the shooting of which is in progress in Kozhikode.

“Yes, it has been quite some time since our last film together ‘Devadoothan,’ but the long interval was not deliberate as both of us were busy with our respective projects,” says Mohanlal, as he gets ready for a scene to be shot at a leading private hospital in Kozhikode.

The scene also features Indrajith and Parvathi, the ‘Notebook’ girl who is the film’s leading lady.

Mohanlal plays Midhun Madhavan, a man who wears different hats, including that of an IT big shot. He is fond of Priyan (Indrajith), who works with his firm.

Indrajith’s take

Says Indrajith: “I have got a pretty good role in this film. My character is a software engineer who works with Midhun Madhavan, who regards him as a younger brother. Priyan is in love with Dhwani, his uncle’s daughter, and he is the one who stands by her when she goes through some problems in her life.”

The scene to be shot by cinematographer Sajan Kalathil shows Priyan and Midhun visiting Priyan’s cousin, Dhwani (Parvathi), who is hospitalised after a road accident.

The scene is okayed after a couple of takes, and Siddique, who is playing a cop, comes in for the next scene. It is late in the evening when the hospital scenes are finally filmed.

‘“Flash’ is a suspense film aimed at family audiences,” says Sibi. The film revolves around Dhwani, who has to go through some harrowing experiences, and her big, joint family.

Central character

“It is great when you get to play a central character like this. I had an important role in ‘Notebook’ too, but, in this film I am the only heroine, and it feels good. And yes, it is wonderful being part of a Mohanlal film,” says Parvathi, who has already done a film in Kannada and is now set to do one in Tamil.

Says Mohanlal: “The work on the script of this film has been going on for the past three or four years,” says the actor, who looks different with his coloured hair.

The cast includes Tamil actor Ponvannan, who is making his debut in Malayalam cinema, Saikumar, Jagathy Sreekumar, Shamna and Sreelatha.

‘Flash’ is produced by Tomichan Mulakupadom, under the banner of Mulakupadom Films. Gopi Sundar has tuned the songs written by Rafeeq Ahmed. Stills are by Paul Bathery. After completing the shoot at Kozhikode, the unit will move to Kanhangad. ‘Flash’ is planned as a Christmas release.

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