– Rinku Gupta
Bollywood’s Shaitan director BEJOY NAMBIAR whose recent flick Wazir drew accolades as well, is now directing a Malayalam flick . Titled Solo, the film will be a Malayalam-Tamil bilingual for which shooting has already begun. Dulquer Salmaan is the hero and in a chat with us, Bejoy reveals how the foray into his mother tongue is an exciting journey.
The film has completed around 10 days of shoot in Kochi. And Bejoy is overjoyed at working with Dulquer. Ask him how it all came about and he says, “I had a few scripts ready in Malayalam. Since there was a delay in my Hindi project, I got time to do something I’ve always wanted to do. Doing a Malayalam film is yet another opportunity to explore different avenues, to tell interesting stories. I approached Dulquer for this role, impressed with his body of work. I narrated the story and gave him a bound script, and he liked it. It’s a role he hasn’t done before and its something new and exciting for me too.”
Bejoy has signed on Chennai model Arthi Venkatesh as heroine. But he reveals that the casting is not over yet. “There will be 5 women characters in the film but I can’t reveal their details now,” he says. Bejoy seems to be having a great time on sets and the reason for his enthusiasm is Dulquer. “He is extreme talented and is one of the stars to watch out for in the future. In fact, I am trying to keep pace with him on sets. His range as an actor is just amazing. The best part of his working style is that though he prepares well for the shoot, yet during the take he makes it seem so effortless! It looks so natural that you can’t help but only look at him as the character, forgetting that it’s Dulquer. That’s an amazing quality for an actor to have, to cross the thin line between real and fake.”
Produced by Bejoy’s Getaway Pictures and Abaam Films, the music of Solo will be by several music directors, in Bejoy’s typical style. “I have always used multiple composers in each of my films. In Solo too, it will be the same. Right now, I have finalised Prashant Pillai and the band Thaikudam Bridge. I’ll be deciding the other composers soon.”
Before the next schedule Bejoy will take a break to assist his mentor Mani Ratnam in Kaatra Veliyidai. So has he narrated his script to his mentor? “Yes, we all get his initial feedback for all our films. I haven’t been able to tell him too many details though, since he’s busy shooting. When I am on his set assisting him I don’t discuss my own work.”