Sorry for not writing here for long.Was into lot of things post MAR release.
Almost 25 days into MAR release.It feels calm:)
It was a very difficult decision to make MAR to begin with.To set up a production house and try executing a movie like MAR first time was no easy task.
It all started with a meeting with Revathy for Mayflower.She loved Mayflower but refused the role offered as she had mentally decided only to act in those movies which made her think as an actor.It was a first experience for me,no actor had turned down a role I had offered so far:)..She provoked me asking why only in India commercial scripts dont get made with women over 50 as central character!The present day middle aged indian woman has lot to her than juz being a mother,wife,doctor,advocate..
Thus MAR started.It started with the thought why do you need to pay taxes?Whats that our system giving us in return?
I wanted to place the protagonist as someone simple,witty and relatable as much as possible.The search ended with my friend Anil Kurien(Project Desgner of MAR) telling me about his aunty,molly aunty who works in a bank in Kochi.The first visual which striked me was a 50 plus woman running after a car trying to stop it and hurting her leg in the process.The incident actually happened in kochi.I plotted it to Nenmara near Palakkad.
The script evolved very fast.I went to prithvi to play Pranav roy.He agreed to not only act but to distribute the film as well.!
27 days of shooting!I can proudly say that the film you see now is a product of some fantastic team work.A young and vibrant team who stood by me all through the journey!Sujith vasudev,Lijo Paul,Anand Madhusoodanan,VInod shornur.Manoj Poonkunnam,Arun chanthu..list goes on and on.
Many said after release there is no reference to MAR.That was indeed the kick in going for it all out.I have reaslied by now that I will have to live with the bagage of passenger for the rest of my life:)Many found MAR better than passenger,many found it lesser..but majority of the viewers enjoyed MAR if I go by the feedbacks.The reception in USA and across south in chennai,blore has been heartening as well.
MAR releases across North tomorrow and in Singapore,NZ,Aus etc on 25th.
To sum it up,MAR will always remain a special movie in my life.
It has given me confidence in leaps and bounds as a film maker to go ahead and attempt movies I believe in.
And its going to be Mayflower next!Dreams N Beyond will be producing it after MAR.Will update on the rest pretty soon!!