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All in the family

VIJAY GEORGE

The multi-starrer ‘Christian Brothers,' directed by Joshiy, is a tale of familial ties.



All for one and one for all: ‘Christian Brothers' stars Mohanlal, Dileep, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy and Kaniha as siblings.

Controversies aside, ‘Christian Brothers,' directed by Joshiy, has also hogged headlines right from the moment of its launch because of its multi-star cast and huge budget.

The location for the day is Netto's bungalow near Edakochi. The huge bungalow, spruced up with some additions to its front portion, looks perfect as the prestigious Palamattam tharavadu, which is the family home of the principal characters. Cinematographer Anil Nair goes in for a shot on the trolley as Joshiy takes a look at the frame on the huge monitor in front of him.

The shot has a teary-eyed Kaniha coming out of the house and greeting Mohanlal. A few rehearsals later, the shot is canned and soon after, Mohanlal leaves the location amidst huge cheers from onlookers.

Family matters

“The film is essentially about certain issues within a family and there are several twists and turns that the story goes through before it unveils the truth. We have adopted a different style, by focussing on the various characters one after the other, initially, and then linking their stories together, after a certain point of time. The characters themselves have many shades to them. What they appear to be initially may not be what they turn out be at the end, ” say scenarists Siby K. Thomas and Udayakrishna, as they watch the proceedings, sitting close to the director, with whom they worked with earlier for the multi-starrer ‘Twenty20.' ‘Christian Brothers' narrates the tale of the patriotic Captain Varghese (Sai Kumar), who belongs to the wealthy Palamattam family. He has high hopes for his four children – Christie (Mohanlal), Joji (Dileep), Jessy (Lakshmi Gopalaswamy) and Stella (Kaniha).

But things don't turn out as Varghese would have liked to. Christie falls in with a dubious crowd in Mumbai. Although his family has no clear idea about the nature of his activities, Christie is actually a high profile police informer there. Meanwhile, Joji joins the seminary to become a priest, but later opts out of it after he falls in love. All these come as a shock to Varghese. He becomes disappointed in his sons and turns his attention to his daughters, hoping that they marry well. Life in the family gets intriguing from then on.

Suresh Gopi, Sarath Kumar, Biju Menon, Jagathy Sreekumar, Suresh Krishna, Kavya Madhavan and Lakshmi Rai are also part of the main cast. “This story is being told in a big canvas,” says Sarath Kumar. This is the actor's second film in Malayalm after his superb portrayal of Edachena Kunchan in the epic ‘Pazhassi Raja.'

The star, known for his prowess in action roles, feels that Malayali technicians are quite brilliant.“Good scripts are the key factors in making powerful films and that is exactly where Malayalam cinema has been focussing on all along. I am thoroughly enjoying the recognition that I have received in Malayalam,” adds the actor.

‘Christian Brothers' is being produced by AVA Productions and Varnachitra Big Screen. Lyrics by Kaithapram have been composed by Deepak Dev. Still photographer is Rajesh.

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