‘Mohan Kumar Followers’ is a journey by Malayalam cinema, says director Jis Pleasure


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The filmmaker talks about his new launch and the post-pandemic situation within the movie trade

Jis Pleasure’s movies experience excessive on the feel-good issue. His new movie, Mohan Kumar Followers, will not be an exception, says the director. “We wish individuals to go away theatres with a smile. The 12 months has been powerful for all of us and it’s time to loosen up,” says Jis. The film, starring Kunchacko Boban and Siddique in pivotal roles, releases in theatres on March 19.

Jis has written the screenplay and dialogues, like his three earlier movies [Bicycle Thieves, Sunday Holiday and Vijay Superum Pournamiyum]. “I at all times take tales written by a 3rd particular person. The spotlight this time is that I bought celebrated scriptwriter duo of Bobby and Sanjay on board. After I instructed them that I want to direct their script in the future, they weren’t ready to present me one. However they agreed to present me a narrative and that’s how this movie occurred. It felt good to have them supervising the script, dialogues and different departments,” he says.

Filmmaker Jis Joy

Mohan Kumar Followers strikes by the Malayalam movie trade because it narrates the journey of a forgotten actor, Mohan Kumar [Siddique]. “Though we’re conscious of the sweeping adjustments in cinema over time, not many movies have explored the topic. Of the lot, Thirakkatha and Udayananu Tharam are my favourites. So I used to be excited to take up the theme once more. Right here we take a look at how Malayalam cinema has developed, the dominance of superstars and different elements in a light-hearted method. There’s situational comedy and a sarcastic tackle the entire situation. On the similar time, we don’t intend to harm or insult anyone,” he says.

It’s Jis’s first mission with Kunchacko Boban, who performs Krishnanunni, a wannabe singer and a fan of Siddique’s character. Anarkali Nazar, a Kochi-based mannequin, makes her début within the movie.

Siddique in a still from ‘Mohan Kumar Fans’

Siddique in a nonetheless from ‘Mohan Kumar Followers’
| Photograph Credit score:
Rahul Raj

Jis has additionally introduced in an ensemble forged that has Mukesh, Sreenivasan, TG Ravi, KPAC Lalitha, Alencier, Ramesh Pisharody, Vinay Forrt, Saiju Kurup, Basil Joseph…. “Vinay Forrt can be a revelation as he has dealt with comedy like by no means earlier than. He’s Aghosh Menon, a celebrity, who doesn’t know how you can take care of his stardom,” Jis provides.

Music is by Prince George and all of the seven songs within the movie have been written by Jis. Actually, Jis has been the lyricist in all his movies. “I entered the movie trade to develop into a lyricist as a result of I felt course was out of bounds for me,” he provides. Among the many singers within the movie are KS Chitra, Benny Dayal, Vijay Yesudas, Sweta Mohan, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Rimi Tomy, Kollam Abhijith and Sharon Joseph.

Kunchacko Boban and Anarkali Nazar in stills from ‘Mohan Kumar Fans’

Kunchacko Boban and Anarkali Nazar in stills from ‘Mohan Kumar Followers’
| Photograph Credit score:
Rahul Raj

Speaking concerning the optimistic vibes in his motion pictures, Jis says that when he began filmmaking he was clear about establishing his id. “I loved watching a mash-up video that confirmed what would have been the climax of Drishyam if I had directed it. Georgekutty would have confessed the crime and went to jail! Which means the viewers affiliate a sure character with my motion pictures and I’m completely happy about it,” he explains.

At the same time as he hopes to work with huge stars in the future, Jis admits that he’s happy with how issues have panned out up to now for him. “Though my tasks have been made on a small scale, the final two have been sleeper hits. On the similar time when Vijay Superum… was prepared for launch we didn’t even get a correct launch centre,” he says.

Mohan Kumar Followers is among the many many Malayalam motion pictures that had its launch pushed by a 12 months due to the lockdown. “It could be silly to anticipate a sleeper hit or blockbuster within the current situation. The trade continues to be struggling. With a number of movies lined up for launch, there aren’t sufficient pre-release promotions occurring. Additionally, as an alternative of going to theatres, viewers is keen to attend for a number of days and watch the film on an OTT platform or tv. The discharge of The Priest created an pleasure and we will’t anticipate the identical for all motion pictures. Nevertheless, we didn’t need to wait for one more six months,” he says.

In the meantime, Jis is beginning his subsequent mission after Easter. The story is by Bobby-Sanjay and within the forged are Asif Ali, Anthony Varghese and Nimisha Sajayan.


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