A brief-film with two of Malayalam cinema’s character artistes in outstanding roles
The poster of Reese Thomas’ short-film Pettikkada Madhavan has two acquainted faces, character actors KTS Padannayil (popularly referred to as Padanna) and Vavachan, each of who acted in Malayalam movies of the 1990s to 2000s. “I wished each of these characters in a single body for my movie, and on the poster too. Again within the day, they won’t have been featured in too many posters,” says Reese. The nine-minute movie uploaded on YouTube is his ode to those that dream of creating it in movies, however, don’t. “It additionally applies to individuals who don’t ‘make it’ in life,” he provides.
“Somebody requested me ‘Why inform a narrative of losers?’ Why not? There are such a lot of people who find themselves left with a way of what they might have achieved,” he says. The movie pans in on Madhavan (Padanna), proprietor of a pettikkada (a petty store) who can also be a personality artiste in movies. It opens with Madhavan speaking about appearing with Mammootty and Mohanlal, and the way they’re as folks. A keen crowd listens, adoringly hanging on to every phrase.
Juxtaposed is the story of a faculty boy who, fed a diet of Madhavan’s tales from movie units, goals of turning into an actor. When their paths cross later in life, the viewers realize that neither of them has made it in movies. The closest the boy, now a person, will get is pasting movie posters on partitions. The actor, Deepak Augustine, who essayed the function is Reese’s pal. “He began chasing the movie dream when he was 17, he’s now in his 30s. He nonetheless hasn’t bought an honest break,” he says.
Reese Thomas with KTS Padannayil and Vavachan
Reese shot the movie 12 months in the past; he shelved it as he was not glad about the consequence. An assistant director, he has labored on movies resembling Kammattipadam, Luca, Carbon, and the to-be-released Minnal Murali. He bought busy with work and couldn’t discover time to revisit the footage. Nevertheless, with lockdowns, got here time to take a look at the movie once more, with recent eyes. “I felt disenchanted that I wasn’t doing something a lot with the time at hand. So I made a decision to complete what I began,” he says. He re-shot some components and bought the movie prepared.
Seeing Padanna on the poster, actor Shaju Sreedhar, who has acted with him, informed Reese that it made him completely happy. “He informed me ‘lastly Padanna chettan is on a poster’!” He was decided to forged Padanna and Vavachan within the movie. “Padanna chettan was recreation. He’s 87 years previous and his reminiscence failing. He didn’t even wish to hear the story, he simply informed me to choose him up once I was able to movie. Monitoring Vavachan was barely tougher, I traveled to Kottayam on the lookout for him,” he says.
Vavachan has acted in a lot of movies together with these directed by Jayaraj resembling Karunam and Sneham. “Each of these actors are forgotten. I wish to shine the highlight on them, yet one more time. The dialogues could sound melodramatic, however, that is how folks discuss once they look again on misplaced probabilities and unfulfilled goals,” Reese says.
To paraphrase Madhavan chettan: There are extra tales of failure within the movie trade than successes.