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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

'I will not make a movie to suit an actor'

'I will not make a movie to suit an actor''I will not make a movie to suit an actor'
A K Lohithadas is a director who believes in the power of script and not the star while making films 
His tough demeanour does not betray his sensitivity. His casual ways, rugged looks and unkempt mane are only a deceptive veneer. For deep inside Ambazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas, is very conscious of what he projects to the people at large. And in letting his work talk, he is unparalleled. 
A K Lohithadas is not a director who is in a hurry to make as many movies as he can but he is particular that the movies he makes are powerful in their content and poignant in their portrayals. "I don't make films hoping it will become a hit. If it becomes one then you could follow the formula that made it a hit. I wish to tell a tale and films are my way of telling a story," Lohithadas told Metrolife. He was in the City on a personal visit. 
If you have watched Thaniavarthanam, directed by Lohithadas, then you would you would agree with what Aparna, a film buff says: "It's a poignant tale one that is disturbing and truly unforgettable." A script-writer, active in theatre, Lohithadas turned a film director with the critically acclaimed Bhoothakannadi (The Magnifying Glass) in 1997. However, his later directorial ventures have only been moderately successful. 
Malayalam cinema had by then entered a phase where some of the movies were made only to suit the star and not the other way round. Rajamanikkam is a typical example where Mammootty donned a role that was rather too colourful and unlike his choice of role. Lohithadas says he will never make a movie to suit the character. “I will choose people who suit the character in the script. You would never find a hero in my story. Why should I make a movie to promote a star?” he asks. 
He always tries to match the actors' style of acting and body language with the traits of the character. He is also among the first directors to introduce new faces in Malayalam cinema. Meera Jasmine was introduced and encouraged by Lohithadas. 
Of late, Lohithadas hasn't been too active on the directorial scene. What kept him low? “There are no new breed of actors and the existing stars have grown too old and have been cast too often," he says. He thinks the industry lacks a new generation of actors and actresses who could add new meaning and dimension to Malayalam cinema. 
His movies lay less emphasis on the plot or commercial gimmicks and, instead, display a more character-oriented approach. 
What is his take on remakes? His Kasturiman has been remade in Tamil. "If it's worth it then any movie can be remade. It must be suitable to the subject," he says. After a two-year break, Lohitha is all set to cast out his directorial net. He's casting Mohanlal in Bishmar in Malayalam and working with Prithviraj for a Tamil film which he is yet to title. 

Sreenivasan: Superstars cheat viewers

Sreenivasan: Superstars cheat viewersActor Sreenivasan lashed at the superstars and the waning quality of Malayalam films at a meet the press conducted at Calicut Press Club on Monday. "The superstars control the Malayalam film field without considering quality by acting in all the substandard films offered to them. With this act they are cheating the public. Superstars are not outdated and that is why they continue as superstars. But without selecting the best scripts, they are getting involved in the production of low quality films. They can wait for good films. It is more regretful that they are least bothered to do good roles. 
The practice of writing for a Superstar, considering the mannerism is not advisable. In foreign countries designated agencies scrutinize the script and approve it and then the producers accept it. After this process they decide the director and actors. This is the method to be adopted. 
There is no such division in films called Art and Commercial. There are only two types of films, good and bad. The films I do make me happy. Even if you give me Rs. 15 crores and 15 years, I cannot make the kind of film that Satyajit Ray made. When asked about the future plans of his son Vineeth, he replied, let him choose his own path. I don't think he would act in films in the future. He is about to direct a film. Director of the film Makante Achan, V.M. Vinu also attended the press meet and said, "It is difficult to get a prominent actor in Malayalam to accept a role with a wife and teenage son. Under these circumstances I approached Sreenivasan and he wholeheartedly accepted it." 

Ambili Devi to enter wedlock

Ambili Devi to enter wedlockFilm and serial actress Ambili Devi's engagement took place at her house in Chavara near Kollam on Sunday February 1. The bridegroom is a serial camera man Loval from Thiruvananthapuram. 
The marriage is on March 27 at Kollam District Auditorium. Ambili Devi is daughter of Bala Chandran Pillai and Maheshvari Amma. Loval is son of P.G Sadanandan and Shyamala Amma. Many serial artistes and directors attended the function

Nayantara miffed by false news

Nayantara miffed by false newsNayanthara denies newpaper reports that she fainted on the sets of her big budget action flick opposite junior NTR in Hyderabad. The reports say that she lost her balance and fainted on the sets, while shooting for an action sequences due to low BP. The actress clarifies “It is baseless and I can’t figure out who is behind spreading such false news? I was shooting continuously for my Malayalam film and reached Hyderabad on Sunday evening. I have joined the unit and am perfectly fine”. 
Nayan is making a strong comeback to Tollywood after a gap and she will be taking part in the photoshoot of her next Tamil film opposite Surya for producer Udayanidhi Stalin by 

Kavya's marriage on Feb 5th at Sri mookambika Temple.

Kavya's marriage on Feb 5th at Sri mookambika Temple.Kavya's marriage on Feb 5th at Sri mookambika Temple, Uduppi Dist. Karnataka. Kavya is getting ready for the marriage. She had already purchased her saree for the marriage. But Right now also she is busy with her pending project “Pattanattil Bhootham” . In which she is acting as the heroine of Mammooty. 

Kavya told the reporters that she had decided to get free one month before her marriage . But still now also she is under the project of “Pattanattil Bhootham”. Kavya’s family and Nishal’s Family had planned to arrange their marriage at Sri Mookambika Temple because most of the incidents taken place in there is related with the temple.