Ennalum Ente Aliya director talks about casting Suraj Venjaramoodu, Siddique, Lena and Gayathri Arun in the film
Director Bash Mohammed is gearing up for his latest venture Ennalum Ente Aliya to hit theatres this Friday. The movie, the filmmaker tells OTTplay in an exclusive chat, deals with a subject that people across age groups could relate to as it will hit close to home.
“It’s about events and incidents that happen in our daily lives in our homes. So, a lot of people should be able to relate to it easily. The film revolves around a small incident that just blows out of proportion,” says the director, who had earlier helmed the Jayasurya-starrer Lukka Chuppi in 2015 and Prakashan in 2017.
Ask him how similar is Ennalum Ente Aliya to previous venture Luka Chuppi, which also had an intimate setting, and the filmmaker says, ““I am not sure whether you can bracket Lukka Chuppi as a family drama but this movie is similar to that; however, Ennalum Ente Aliya’s treatment and narrative are different. Lukka Chuppi had doses of humour but this film has comedy from start to finish and yet has a serious tone when you see it on screen. I think people will laugh because they can relate to the incidents.”
Suraj Venjaramoodu, Lena, Siddique and Gayathri Arun play the leads in the film, which is co-scripted by Sreekumar Araykkal and Bash. “All four of them enhanced their characters. I picked all four of them to play the part based on their acting skills and so, there was space for them to perform and surprise everyone. And all of them have done that. To be honest, it was like they were competing with each other in the film,” he says.
Bash, in fact, explains that from the outset, he knew whom he wanted to play the characters. “Right now, I can’t think of any other artistes who could have performed these roles better. I am not saying this to praise my actors, but it’s something that everyone in our team felt. When you watch certain films, you would think that if another actor would have done a particular role, it would have been better. But in this film, I doubt people would even think that,” he explains.
While all these actors have already proved they are adept at handling humour-oriented roles, it’s been sometime since Suraj, Siddique or even Lena had done comedy. “The promotion of the movie too has been designed that way,” says Bash. “For the past few years, thrillers and dark films have been dominating the screen time. Ennalum Ente Aliya is a film that will make the audience laugh, even though it deals with a serious subject. I am stressing on this because it’s not a movie that’s made as a comedy but it’s treated with humour.”