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P.K. AJITH KUMAR

In conversation Akku Akbar is riding high on the unexpected success of ‘Veruthe Oru Bharya.’



Tale of a film: ‘Veruthe Oru Bharya’ has given a fillip to Akku Akbar’s career.

Bindu, the taken-for-granted housewife who decides to take on her chauvinistic husband in ‘Veruthe Oru Bharya,’ will be speaking in Tamil soon. Akku Akbar, riding high on the unexpected success of his first Malayalam film as a sole director, will be calling the shots of the Tamil version as well.

“There are also demands for the Telugu and Kannada rights of ‘Veruthe Oru Bharya.’ Before the Tamil remake, I plan to begin the shoot for my new Malayalam film. Itwill be an out-and-out comedy about incidents that take place in an autorickshaw driver’s life during the course of one night,” he says.

Akbar wants his new film to be different from ‘Veruthe Oru Bharya.’

“I don’t want to direct another film based on family matters straight away. I feel that ‘Veruthe Oru Bharya’ clicked because many women could empathise with Bindu. Several instances in the film were taken out of real-life incidents. Never did I imagine that it would be such a big hit,,” he says.

Perfect casting

One of the good things about the film is the perfect casting of the lead pair: Gopika and Jayaram.

“As soon as the film was conceptualised, I had decided that Jayaram would play the hero, Sugunan, though I was dissuaded by many people within and outside the industry. They felt that Jayaram had lost his touch at the box office and so my film would suffer. I needed someone who could carry off both the emotional and comic scenes well. But I had faith in Jayaram and have always believed it is the subject of a film that determines its fate, not the hero,” says Akbar.

Even more important was the casting of the heroine.

“Gopika, admittedly, wasn’t my first choice. But now I feel the role was tailor-made for her. She had no apprehensions about playing the mother of a 14-year-old girl,” says Akbar.

Hindi film

His last film, ‘Gouri: The Unborn’ (Hindi), was also noticed.

“The film, produced by Goodnight Mohan, dealt with abortion and it had an excellent cast comprising Rituparna Sengupta, Atul Kukarni and Anupam Kher. It was written by K. Gireesh Kumar (the script-writer of ‘Veruthe Oru Bharya’) and Mohan Azad, the author of films like ‘Chandni Bar’,” he says.

Earlier, Akbar had directed three Malayalam films along with Jose, including ‘Sadanante Samayam’ which starred Dileep and Kavya Madhavan.

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