The actor, who is also co-producing the Dijo Jose Antony directorial, also spoke about why the movie isn’t a political film, but a social one
The trailer of Prithviraj Sukumaran’s first theatrical release since the pandemic – Jana Gana Mana – got people talking since it dropped online a few days ago. The trailer had a rather meek Prithviraj walking into a government office to hear the politician rebuking his past, but only for a bomb to go off when he leaves the chamber.
At a press event held in Kochi on Thursday, Prithviraj and Jana Gana Mana’s team shared a few more details about the movie, explaining why it’s not a political film but is still relevant.
“Jana Gana Mana is not a political film, it’s a social movie, in the sense that it influences and nurtures the social conscience by asking several questions,” said Prithviraj. “It doesn’t give you the answers. It’s a commercial entertainer, which has that hook. I think when people watch it in theatres, they would stand and applaud at certain portions. My hope is that people would watch it in cinema halls and applaud, but won’t forget it when they leave theatres.”
The film’s writer Sharis Mohammed too said that Jana Gana Mana, which is directed by Dijo Jose Antony, doesn't deal with any party’s politics. “It talks about the politics of the people around us through its characters. It’s not electoral or parliamentary politics; this is a commercial, fictional film,” he added.
On Prithviraj’s role in the film that is shown as someone vengeful in the teaser and trailer, the actor, who is also co-producing the movie with Listin Stephen, said, “My character is someone who hasn’t got justice and has been treated unfairly by the system and hence carries that anger, frustration and seeks vengeance against the system. Through the teaser and trailer, we have shown his state of mind.”
Jana Gana Mana also has Mamta Mohandas, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Vincy Aloshius, Dhruvan and Shari as part of the cast.