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Nithin Renji Panicker on directing Suresh Gopi and Renji Panicker in ‘Kaaval’

The director’s second Malayalam movie, releasing on November 25, revolves round two friends-turned-foes

Actor and Member of Parliament Suresh Gopi returns to the massive display screen in Nitin Renji Panicker’s Kaaval, releasing on November 25 in theatres. Nithin, son of Renji Panicker, scenarist, actor and director, says his second movie Kaaval is “an action thriller.”

Scripted by Nithin, the story is about two friends-turned-foes and the modifications of their life over 20 years. Suresh Gopi and Renji play the principle protagonists – Thampan and Antony.

Suresh Gopi with movie director-scenarist Nithin Renji Panicker on the units of ‘Kaaval’
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Set in two durations of time, Kaaval tracks the timeline of the 2 essential characters as they undergo the ups and downs of their companies and life. “They were allies before an incident drives a wedge between them,” he reveals.

Renji’s no-punches-pulled scripts within the late nineties had catapulted Suresh into the mega star league and given him the picture of an excellent cop. So, what was it wish to direct these two buddies and contemporaries? “I had grown up watching my father’s films. So, I had always wanted to direct Suresh uncle. I was waiting for a script written by my father. When that didn’t work out, I went ahead with my script. It was a privilege to work with these veterans,” admits Nithin.

Renji Panicker (left) and Nithin Renji Panicker on the sets of ‘Kaaval’, directed by Nithin

Renji Panicker (left) and Nithin Renji Panicker on the units of ‘Kaaval’, directed by Nithin
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He makes no bones about the truth that he was massively impressed by his father’s testosterone-driven movies the place the male characters dominated the story and the display screen area.

Agreeing that Kaaval is a movie on these traces, he says that when there’s a celebrity within the lead, the story follows their trajectory. “It is a natural progression and the film becomes a male-centric theme. Tomorrow, if I were to work with Manju chechi (Manju Warrier), the film would have a women-centric theme. Scripting and casting are extremely important to the narrative of a film.”

A still from ‘Kaaval’, directed by Nithin Renji Panicker

A nonetheless from ‘Kaaval’, directed by Nithin Renji Panicker
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Shot in Kattappana, Idukki, by Nationwide award-winning cinematographer Nikhil S Praveen, the solid consists of Muthumani, Pauly Valsan, Suresh Krishna, Shanker Ramakrishnan, Sreejith Ravi and Evan Anil amongst others.

In 2016, Kasaba, Nithin’s debut work starring Mammootty, had sparked off an issue about sure dialogues and scenes within the movie that have been criticised as misogynistic. Dismissing the allegations, Nithin says that the controversy that erupted was by no means a constraint whereas writing the script of his second movie as he didn’t really feel the criticism towards Kasaba was justified.

At the same time as debates are on about obscene language and cuss phrases in a recently-released movie on OTT, use of expletives in Renji’s earlier movies had triggered related discussions. “All of the movies have been censored and proven in theatres. I really feel that what we see day by day within the media just isn’t half as gory as what’s proven on screens in India. Folks have a option to not see a movie within the theatres.

Suresh Gopi in ‘Kaaval’

“In the case of OTT, there is no censoring. So, it might be problematic for families to watch such films together. But then, isn’t it true that there are people like these characters who use profane language as part of their daily life?”

As Kaaval releases in theatres, Nithin is transferring on to his third movie, which he says will probably be a romantic thriller. “A young pair of the new-generation of actors will be cast in it. The film is likely to begin rolling in March 2022.”

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