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Witnessing reality

VIJAY GEORGE

‘Arjunan Saakshi,' directed by Ranjith Shankar, is a thriller which deals with how we evade our responsibility to society.



RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS: Prithviraj and Ann Augustine in ‘Arjunan Saakshi.'

There is a whole lot of frenetic activity going on outside the International stadium at Kaloor in Kochi, where a chase scene is being filmed. It is the location of writer-director Ranjith Sankar's ‘Arjunan Saakshi,' with Prithviraj and Ann Augustine in the lead.

Cinematographer Ajayan Vincent is busy giving instructions astride a Super Scorpio crane. The crew have their work cut out for them as the frame covers a huge area. When the scene is ready, Prithviraj, hops out of his car and into another for the shot.

‘Social action thriller'

“‘Arjunan Saakshi' can be called a social action thriller. Roy Mathew (Prithviraj) is a jovial young architect. His father worked for the Railways and so he has mostly lived outside Kerala. After working in several cities, he comes back to Kerala on an assignment. Inadvertently, he gets caught up in some socio-political issues that eventually lead him on a path to self-realisation,” says Ranjith Sankar, who shot to fame with his maiden venture ‘Passenger.'

“The story of ‘Arjunan Saakshi' had been in my mind quite a while when I happened to see an article about a project for a tram network in Kochi, which didn't work out. The title of the story will find more meaning, as the film progresses. Most of the scenes happen inside high rises, which symbolise the vertical growth of a city,” says Ranjith.

Prithviraj feels that ‘Arjunan Saakshi' is a ‘contemporary film.' “It deals with how we evade our responsibility towards society. We often blame others for everything that goes wrong, but how often do we take responsibility for our actions? We are not ready to sacrifice anything but we tend to forget that we enjoy freedom because people risked their lives to attain it for us,” says the actor.

Ann Augustine, who made her debut in Lal Jose' ‘Elsamma Enna Aankutty,' plays a journalist named Anjali Menon in the film. “Unlike Elsamma, who is a village girl and who has to shoulder a lot of responsibilities on her young shoulders, Anjali is a city-bred youngster, who just happens to get involved in certain social issues,” says Ann.

‘Arjunan Saakshi' is being produced under the banner of SRT Films. The cast also includes Jagathy Sreekumar, Nedumudi Venu, Vijayaraghavan, Biju Menon, Suresh Krishna and Vijeesh. Lyrics by Anil Panachooran have been composed by Biji Bal. Still photographer is Sinat Savier.

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