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A lucky charm?

VIJAY GEORGE

Director M.A. Nishad on his first attempt at comedy with ‘Best of Luck.'



GenNext:Asif Ali, Rima Kallingal, Kailash and Archana Kavi in ‘Best of Luck'.

His latest film ‘Best of Luck' is an out-and-out comedy; a rather marked departure for director M.A. Nishad who is best known for his dark movies such as ‘Vairam,' ‘Nagaram,' ‘Ayudham' and ‘Pakal.'

“As a filmmaker, it's imperative that I try various genres. ‘Best of Luck' is not a slapstick comedy per se. Rather, it's a film that has comic scenes based on situations and dialogues,” says Nishad' who has also produced films such as ‘Oraal Maathram,' ‘Dreams' and ‘Thillana Thillana,' among others.

‘Best of Luck,' which released this week, stars GenNext Mollywood. It has Kailash, Asif Ali, Rima Kallingal and Archana Kavi in the lead with veterans Prabhu and Urvashi in major supporting roles.

Music by ‘Euphoria'

The music for 'Best of Luck' has been composed by the well-known band ‘Euphoria,' led by singer-composer Palash Sen.



Mammootty does a cameo in the film.

Superstar Mammootty does a cameo in the film. “This is not a Mammootty film,” Nishad hastens to add.

It narrates the tale of Soorya (Kailash), step-brother of a wealthy Tamilian businessman Vinayaka Naicker (Prabhu). Soorya's best friend Manu (Asif Ali), an aspiring filmmaker, lives with him in his huge mansion in Kerala. The duo find it tough to manage on the paltry pocket money that Naicker sends his brother every month. Neethu (Archana Kavi) is in love with Soorya, while Diya (Rima Kallingal) is Manu's girlfriend. The four youngsters are eager to make some easy money but soon land themselves in a soup. Their plans go awry when Naicker comes visiting. Thamara (Urvashi), the loudmouth cook, also makes things difficult for the quartet.

“I have been very particular about my young cast and even I feel young while interacting with them. We really enjoyed shooting for this film,” says Nishad.

But the director feels that it is tougher to make the audience laugh than to get them to enjoy a “serious” movie. “The storyline of the Bollywood movie ‘Peepli [Live]' has a similar theme to ‘Pakal,' which was released much before the Hindi film. The difference was in the narrative style. ‘Peepli [Live]' succeeded because it tackled a serious narrative with lots of humour,” says the director, who adds that at least for now he has shifted his attention to humorous themes after the rather “disappointing response” to his earlier socially-relevant themes.

Currently, Nishad is working on two films ‘Ladies and a Gentleman,' based on the land mafia and ‘Mr.K Oru Villain Aanu,' which will have lots of black humour. “I feel the audience wants films in a lighter vein and I will think about stories on more serious subjects, when such perceptions change. Until then, I am happy doing comedies such as ‘Best of Luck,' which for me has been a nice and joyous ride,” says Nishad.

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