‘Thirakkatha’ is a tribute to the late Srividya and also to the actors of yesteryear.
Director’s choice: Prithiviraj plays a filmmaker in Ranjith’s ‘Thirakkatha.’
The film ‘Thirakkatha’ has various threads to the story. One, it is on the late Srividya’s life and two, it is on the off-screen equations of on-screen personalities. It is also a love story.
But for the cast and crew, it is much more than that. Box office aspirations apart, they introspect, to find their personal associations with the film.
“‘Thirakkatha’ is my homage to Srividya, my friend. It is a tribute to the illustrious women of yesteryear who lit our films with their youth, beauty and versatility. Their lives were more drama-laden than the characters they played. I have seen many of my actor friends go through the ups and downs of life with a smile. The way they dealt with the woes of rejection and humiliation once their starry attributes faded was amazing. It is from them that I learnt to recover from setbacks and keep living. This is my way of acknowledging their life and their work,” says Ranjith, the director of the movie.
For Priya Mani, who plays Malavika, the lead role in the movie, essaying this character, is “a once in a lifetime chance to work on something close to an autobiographical role.” Says Priya: “Playing somebody who once walked the same path as yours is simply exhilarating. You realise the emotional experience and reflection that have gone into their works. It is sad that people only remember their success and stardom. ‘Thirakkatha,’ for me, is an opportunity to highlight their struggle.”
Anoop Menon, who enacts Ajaya Chandran, the male lead in the movie, calls ‘Thirakkatha,’ a “touching love story.” He says: “I play a narcissist who is in love with a woman who gives up everything to be with him. It is her love that propels him to stardom.”
Prithiviraj plays the role of young filmmaker Akbar Ahmed. “I was actually offered the role of Ajaya Chandran. However, as the script developed, Ranjith added Akbar’s journey into Malavika’s life and entrusted me with the responsibility of taking the viewer through it. Akbar is the director’s voice. His monologues, many a time, reflect the director’s predicaments while handling the theme. Mentally, I had once travelled all the way into Malavika’s life as I was preparing to essay Ajaya Chandran. But retracing her as Akbar was refreshingly different. It is perhaps the only film where I got to see the central character through many perspectives,” he adds.
For Samvritha Sunil, who plays Akbar’s girlfriend-cum-fellow traveller, the film comes as a revelation that “the true rewards for being on screen may not come as materialistic ones. “To know that you are remembered as an artiste and person is much more valuable than any accolade. Thirakkatha’ made me realise that the choices we make, makes our life.”
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