The movie, directed by Ranjith Sankar, has a single character played by the actor
Actor Jayasurya’s Sufiyum Sujatayum kicked off the trend of direct-to-OTT releases in Malayalam last year and so, it’s only fitting that the actor’s 100th movie, Sunny, finds its way to a streaming service. Jayasurya revealed the news through his social media page in a heart-felt post, thanking the audience for their support in his 20-year-old career.
“At the start of this beautiful journey, never did I ever imagine I would be here announcing my 100th movie, Sunny. Sunny, like every other character of mine is special but I can confidently say that it has a slightly more special place in my heart because of how unique the concept is,” wrote the actor, announcing that the movie will release on Amazon Prime Video on September 23.
In a recent interview with OTTplay, the actor talked about the film, directed by Ranjith Sankar, and the character he plays in it. “Sunny is about a Dubai-based man who aspires to be a musician. It’s about his emotional travel, but how do we convey it with just him? We could have done it in a short film but the challenge was to make it a feature film. Having seen the final product, I am happy with it,” said Jayasurya.
The movie, which was shot after the lockdown restrictions were eased last year, revolves around a single character. “I am probably the only person in the world to have acted alone in his 100th film. That’s a huge blessing. If we had done it as just a gimmick, the movie wouldn’t have had a soul. But when all of us collectively wished to come up with something different, it also motivated us to take up that challenge. Though we are making the film, we are also those who are watching it. So, we wanted to ensure that it doesn’t bore the audience and it progressed at an engaging pace. The movie has all of those elements,” said Jayasurya.
When we asked him the freedom that a space like OTTs provided for such unique concepts were taken into consideration, the actor said, “Subconsciously, it might be there in all of our minds because OTTs have given more freedom in terms of our thoughts for the films. It does allow more room for experimentation in writing, acting and filmmaking. That’s probably why a lot of people now say, ‘Even if this film doesn’t release in theatres, it would work well on OTT’. While watching a movie in OTTs, there isn’t anyone else who could influence his or her opinion by saying there’s ‘a lag’ in the movie; people stream films based on their convenience.”