‘Even Mohanlal asked me about Puzhu’: Ratheena PT

MD Merajul IslamMay 11, 2022

The trailer of upcoming Mammootty film Puzhu has generated a number of pleasure amongst film lovers. After an extended hole, Mammootty will likely be seen taking part in a unfavorable position within the movie helmed by debutant director Ratheena PT, who has labored in varied departments of the movie business up to now ten years. Ratheena has labored as an assistant director, manufacturing affiliate, poster designer and government producer amongst others earlier than donning the hat of a director.

On this interview with indianexpress.com, Ratheena talks about her first film Puzhu, her expertise of working with Mammootty and extra.

After we first heard Mammootty is teaming up with Parvathy, everybody was excited to understand how that combo labored out, particularly once they have a historical past beginning with the Kasaba film controversy. How did Mammootty and Parvathy turned a part of the undertaking?

Harshad wrote this story with Mammootty in thoughts. After Mammootty mentioned sure to the story, we began to develop the screenplay. We had been having discussions in a flat in Kozhikode and that’s when the query concerning the feminine character got here up. There have been many strategies after which Parvathy’s title popped up. We contacted her and she or he heard the story and accepted the position. Mammootty was additionally superb once we mentioned Parvathy will play the feminine lead. That’s it. There was no drama, no additional confusion. It was that straightforward. Each these artistes are professionals and so they don’t have any points between them.

There was lot of hypothesis about Mammotty’s character after the discharge of the trailer and teaser of Puzhu. Is Mammootty taking part in a unfavorable character? What are you able to inform us about Mamoootty’s character at this stage?

Sure, Mammootty is taking part in an out-and-out unfavorable character after perhaps Vidheyan. We haven’t seen him taking part in many unfavorable characters apart from say in Paleri Manikyam wherein there was unfavorable and optimistic characters performed by Mammootty. And there’s Munnariyippu, the place we don’t know he’s a unfavorable character till the climax. It’s not a brand new factor for him. The brand new era is seeing Mammootty in a unfavorable position for the primary time. Every time we see him in a unfavorable position, it stands out.

Why select the title Puzhu?

There have been few titles we thought for this film because the story progressed. I preferred the title Puzhu essentially the most. The title is apt for this film and also you’ll perceive why when you watch the movie. There could be many interpretations, totally different meanings for various folks , however finally that title is ideal for the story. It’s as much as viewers to interpret the title in their very own means after watching the film.

Does Puzhu talk about a socially related theme?

Sure, we are able to say that. This film is narrated in a socially dedicated method, mixing it with household drama. Now we have used a really refined and matured narrative model. Now we have tried a story model which we don’t often see in Malayalam cinema and I believe it has labored nicely for this film. Music can be an important issue on this film.

What was Mammootty’s strategy to the character in Puzhu?

When you have a look at Mammootty as an actor, there received’t be any traces of Mammootty in any of his characters. He’s nicely conscious concerning the timeline wherein the character is offered, the language utilized by the character, the tradition from which the character comes from and so forth. So he’s somebody one who’s conscious of the minute particulars of the character. Mammootty is adamant about not repeating himself. Even a small smile or an expression, he makes certain he’s not repeating it.

Through the shoot, Mammootty requested, “What sort of human is that this?” Such is the poisonous stage of the character he performs.

As a debutant, how was your expertise directing an skilled actor like Mammootty?

I do know Mammootty personally for greater than ten years and Parvathy is certainly one of my shut mates. In order that made issues simpler for me to be sincere. However the humorous factor was many individuals had been passing pointless feedback once they got here to know that I used to be directing Mammootty. Folks had been like “He’s like this when he involves set.” So, I used to consider that dialogue from Kumbalangi Nights – “Yeshu is just not somebody we don’t know (laughs).” Mammootty and Parvathy are two of one of the best artistes now we have and their output will likely be at all times higher than what we anticipate. So my effort was minimal as a result of I used to be surrounded by one of the best within the business.

What was the response you bought after the discharge of Puzhu’s teaser and trailer?

Many individuals from the movie fraternity referred to as me and mentioned optimistic phrases concerning the teaser which was very thrilling. Many senior filmmakers referred to as me or texted me after the teaser launched. Even after I went to Mohanlal’s Barroz set, he requested me, “When is Puzhu releasing?” To know Puzhu is being mentioned in every single place makes it a really thrilling wait.

Many motion pictures post-Covid have instructed tales that occur inside a house or a household, particularly movies like Joji, The Nice Indian Kitchen, Bhoothakalam, Dwelling, Arkariyam. Does Puzhu additionally observe such a template?

I believe that is the sort of film which must be mentioned proper now. Each film has a time to be mentioned. The content material of all these residence based mostly motion pictures is essential and related to our instances. The content material of those motion pictures is robust. If the content material is robust, even when the film is instructed in a restricted setting or with restricted characters, it is going to be mentioned. Now it’s the time of content material oriented motion pictures.

Do you suppose it’s more difficult for girls to get into path and different fields of cinema?

Regardless of gender, everybody does the identical job. However as a lady, I’ve many roles in society. I’m a mom to my kids, a daughter to my mother and father and I’m the one who takes care of them. That is the case for most ladies. Any working lady must carry out these roles apart from their career. These roles are assigned to us by society and it’s an added duty. That additional effort assigned by society on girls is the one distinction I see.

Do you suppose extra girls administrators and writers ought to enter the movie business?

Many ladies need to change into a director or a technician. There are alternatives and we must always use these alternatives. Once I began as an assistant director, I used to be ship away from many film units as a result of there weren’t different girls within the business to share rooms with. However now there are lot extra girls arising. The variety of girls working within the business is growing and it is going to be a standard state of affairs quickly. This curiosity that ‘oh, a lady is directing the film’ will change. If that curiosity modifications, then every little thing will get normalised. So, I’m trying ahead to development into that house the place there’s no extra curiosity or dialogue about girls working in movies. And naturally, if we predict the way in which or the angle from which a personality or story is offered in a film modifications when a lady is directing, there needs to be extra girls coming into the sector.


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