Purusha Pretham aka The Male Ghost has Darshana Rajendran, Prashant Alexander and Jagadish in pivotal roles
After the acclaimed Kerala State Film Award-winning Avasavyuham, director Krishand is ready with his next titled Purusha Pretham, which he says is markedly different from his previous two movies.
The filmmaker had revealed the first look posters of the movie a few days ago. From its cast featuring Darshana Rajendran, Prashant Alexander and Jagadish to its stylised posters, the movie has already piqued the curiosity of the audience, who were bowled over by his sophomore venture Avasayuvham that is currently streaming on Sony LIV.
In an exclusive chat with OTTplay, Krishand tells us that that team has already completed shooting the film and is currently busy with its mixing. “It’s a slow-burner comedy. I have tried to make a crime noir but as a police procedural with humour,” he says.
Compared to his debut film Vrithakrithiyulla Chathuram and Avasavyuham, Purusha Pretham has a few mainstream actors as part of its cast. “It’s a film that has slow humour and it’s only when you have popular actors that the audience become familiar with the style of the movie,” he explains. While he says it’s too early to reveal anything about Darshana’s character, Prashant and Jagadish play police officers with the latter’s character sure to surprise the viewers.
Purusha Pretham, which is scripted by Ajith Haridas, also has Krishand as its cinematographer. He had also cranked the camera Vrithakrithiyulla Chathuram and had previously assisted cinematographers such as Santosh Thundiyil and Sudesh Balan.
“I have tried a kind of graphic-design exploration through this film’s cinematography. That’s the prime reason I decided to be the DOP for this movie. My associate director Vysakh Reetha and Rahul Rajagopal convinced me that I would grow exhausted trying to explain this in each scene and so it’s better that I did it. It has come out well,” he says.
On the movie’s content, the director says, “Avasavyuham worked because within the story, it had an overwhelming, universal idea. This film doesn’t have that; I believe it will connect more with people in an urban space. But it’s also one of those movies that the audience would have a great time watching if they connect with the content. The movie also has a political statement but it’s laced with so much humour that only the visually-stimulated audience would discern those layers.”