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Balancing act

VIJAY GEORGE

Vineeth Sreenivasan makes his debut as an actor in Johny Antony’s latest film, ‘Cycle.’



Winsome foursome: ‘Cycle’ revolves around two youngsters played by Vineeth Sreenivasan and Vinu Mohan.

It looks as if cans of colours have been splashed over the whole area. A peppy song is being canned on the location of director Johny Antony’s latest film, ‘Cycle.’ The mood is evidently upbeat.

Vineeth Sreenivasan and Vinu Mohan, the two heroes in the film, lip sync and sway to the tune amidst colourful lights, pavement shops and youngsters sporting colourful dresses.

Youthful theme

“We are narrating a youthful theme that is meant to cater to viewers of all ages. The story unfolds in a plush shopping complex and revolves around two youngsters, Roy (Vineeth Sreenivasan), an accountant in a private finance firm, and Sanju (Vinu Mohan), who works in a shop selling home appliances. They come from modest backgrounds but have big dreams. Annie (Bhama), who works in a travel agency, and Meenakshi (Sandhya), the daughter of a banker, are the heroines in the film,” says Johny as he keeps his eyes glued to the monitor to watch the final rehearsal. “We have completed the shoot and the dubbing is almost over. I think the audience will love the film,” says the director.

Scenarist James Albert, who made his big entry into Mollywood with ‘Classmates’ last year, is aware that he will have to live up to the hype created by his ‘Clasmates.’ He says the title, ‘Cycle,’ is relevant to the film as a cycle becomes an integral part of the story.

“The theme also touches on the lifecycle of people and so the title is a play on the cycle of life as well,” explains James, as he watches the proceedings.

Cinematographer Shaji, perched on a crane for some hours, asks for more lights and marks the positions for the actors. Meanwhile art director Saloo K.George takes a final look at the street created by him before the camera starts rolling.

After completing the shot, the actors rush towards the monitor to take a look at their efforts. Singer-turned-actor Vineeth Sreenivasan thinks acting is more of a strain than singing. “Yet, I have enjoyed the experience,” he says.

Father’s advice

Did he get any tips on acting from his father, actor Sreenivasan? “Of course, he loved the script and that is the reason why I am here. We had a lengthy discussion on it before the shoot started,” says Vineeth. He says he is waiting for the audience’s response to his histrionic skills before taking on more roles.

Vinu Mohan, who had acted in ‘Nivedyam,’ says: “Though I share my character’s passion for cricket, he is bolder than I am in real life.”

With two heroes in the film, is there intense competition between them to hog the best lines or the shot? “We are trying to balance our act, just like it is done while riding a cycle,” chorus the duo.

Arun, who shot into fame as a child actor in films such as ‘Olympian Anthony Adam,’ ‘Priyam’ and ‘Meesa Madhavan’ is also among those matching steps with the heroes in the scene. He plays Annie’s brother in the film.

‘Cycle’ is being produced by Sunny Kuruvilla, Tilakan Thandassery and Viswanathan under the banner of Masters Cinema. Lyrics by Anil Panachooran have been set to tune by Meyjo Joseph. Still photographer is Jayaprakash Payyannur. Lal Release will distribute the film, which is slated to reach theatres in February.

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