Posted by: Ranjith Sankar | August 9, 2015

Su..Su..Sudhi Vathmeekam

One week to susu shoot.

It started as a random idea in early 2000s as one of the potential movies that could cherish my dream of making a movie. Passenger was one among them then.Interestingly both were inspired from different traits of a close friend and my cubicle mate in office then,sudheendran.The hook in susu was some unique peculiarities in sudhi and it seemed a totally unexplored area in movies.

Initially susu was conceived as a “local” romantic comedy between a rather peculiar software engineer and a diametrically opposite music teacher mostly happening in a train (ala passenger).I tried to pitch the story to couple of young actors and Directors(dream was to be a writer then:)).Somehow nothing materialised.

Passenger was hooking people more easily as in idea.All the years passenger took to make and during the desperations in btwn susu used to popin.Sudhi was also coping up with challenges in job, life etc etc. I started interacting with some of his “special” doctors.Some peculiar weekly groups he visited looked super exiting in a  movie. I got married in between and again Sudhi’s peculiar condition to pennu kanal was that he would see only one girl and that would be his wife:)

It happened exactly and he got married.He was looking for a change in job. We attended many job interviews together during this time. Me looking for a break from my failed movie attempts, him for an actual change in job.The software engineer,music teacher,the train n the genre kept changing their premises to suit the changes in the story.

Sudhi found another job finally decided to relocate to banglore. Probably a tough call away from home but that was life.

Passenger happened. Opportunity for another movie came with its success. Varsham,arjunan sakshi and susu were the best probables.To my complete dismay a highly appreciated international film released then and it dealt the same subject although both were different movies. The fire to make it immediately vanished with it and arjunan sakshi happened.

I met sudhi one of those days in banglore.He was trying hard to cope up with banglore and his new life. The story was extended to banglore and it took a new shape from there.Many friends tried to collaborate to give it new dimensions.  The project was announced.It was about to be made then.But what stopped us then was the strong feeling that something was wrong. The script needed more depth, it needed a lot of preparation time for actors to play the parts given its complexities…It was a difficult movie to be made for its cost,commerce and everything. That gut feeling always has proved right for me.  For sure it was a movie to be made but only with complete confidence. Susu was again pushed.

The wait continued. Molly aunty, punyalan and varsham happened. The success of varsham made me think of susu again.There was a space for susu.

I went to banglore and  met sudheendran again. He was a completely confident, changed n purified man when he came to pick me in his new car, talking to his punjabi neighbour,having his game of evening badminton,his weekend hangout partners,his family vacation plans, his same love for his village and ulsavamas but from a different angle..

SuSu was complete that evening.It took 15 years and 15 years of a person’s life virtually and probably it was all worth it.

Now it needed an actor who had time and potential to play him. Jaysurya was an obvious choice. Jayan himself told he won’t work for 45 days to prepare for sudhi.Even difficult decision was to produce it given its budget,effort and risk involved.Jayan stood as a piller of support and we are producing it together after punyalan.

Creating music for susu was tricky. It needed songs which suited the story at the same time popular. Bijibal and santhosh varma took up the challenge and it took us 3 months to create them:)

As I write this I get a detailed message from sudhi on how to improve the climax a bit more..We offered him credits and remuneration for susu. He refused both claiming he’s not a writer despite having contributed to almost all unique situations for susu.We insisted on both as it would be very unfair from our part and finally he obliged.

A day later I receive a message from him saying he donated the entire amount to a fund raising program he was part of all these years which was lacking funds and which could support many many more susus.

I smiled reading it. This was what susu was all about…

Humility, humanity peace and happiness!

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Responses

  1. v nice…all the best ranjithetta…we should meet sometime sooner !! god bless..

  2. all the best renjithetaa for susu….. we are eagerly waiting…..

  3. Good Luck Maashey… (I am also from Thrissur) . Hope you can again get the continuity of emotion in scenes like it was in Varsham (becaue scenes were filmed in quick succession – according to Big M)
    Will wait for another treat from you
    Vijay Menon

  4. I loved Passenger and Punyalan in its own right, but knowing who the director is makes me more curious and interested in your work 🙂 The “IT” background/theme is also interesting. I read that you start your shoots typically in Chingam… couldn’t tell you earlier.. all the best for “Su Su” ! Hope you can consider Canada for an “international release” 🙂

  5. all the best…will go to theater for it

  6. Hi Ranjith,

    I watched Su Su today and just loved it. Beautiful story, very inspiring and taken extremely well. Jayan has done brilliantly. Lyrics and music, specially the first opening song is amazing.

    Congratulations. Keep doing brilliant work.

    Subhash Chandran.

  7. Saw the movie Su Su yesterday. A real feel good movie which fills you with a positive attitude towards life. I had not taken my kids to the movie as exams are round the corner. But I feel it is a must see for all our kids. A movie as great or better than Tare Zameen. Congratulations and thanks for the goodness in your movies.

  8. I watched the movie sudhi vathmeekam.I would like to say that the film is the best i watched now till my 20 years of life.I won’t feel good if i say it is a film,instead i like to call it a book of life,like the one by vathmiki.Great creation and thank u Sir

  9. ഈ സിനിമ കാണാൻ വൈകിയതിൽ പ്രിയ സംവിധായകനോട് ക്ഷമ ചോദിക്കട്ടെ …….
    വലിയ ബിഗ്‌ ബട്ജെറ്റ് സിനിമകൾ ചര്ച്ച ചെയ്യപെടുമ്പോൾ എന്തെ ഇങ്ങനെ ഉള്ള നല്ല സിനിമകൾ സംസാര വിഷയ മകുന്നില്ല ….
    .
    ജീവിതയാത്രയിൽ മനസ്സ് തളരുന്നവർക്ക് ആത്മ വിശ്വാസം തരുന്ന സിനിമ .
    സീൻ ബൈ സീൻ മനസ്സിൽ തറച്ചു നില്ക്കുന്ന മൂവി. കാസിടിംഗ് തെറ്റിയില്ല എന്ന് നായികാ തെളിയിച്ചു [തകർത്തു]
    ഈ നല്ല സിനിമ ഞങ്ങൾക്ക് സമ്മാനിച്ച ജയേട്ടനും രഞ്ജിത് ചേട്ടനും എന്റെ ഹൃദയം നിറഞ്ഞ ഒരായിരം നന്ദി നന്ദി നന്ദി …………..

  10. This film was an advice for me…I take that …It reduced my complex… My problem was not stammering … Thanks forever…

  11. Mr. Ranjith shankar, i have scene your film(su su vathmeekm) just before. Wow what a movie you have made. Simply superb. Jayasurya acted superbly as well. Best wishes for your future projects.

  12. കഴിഞ്ഞയാഴ്ചയാണ് വാത്മീകം കണ്ടത്.Really inspirating എന്ന ‘പറഞ്ഞു പഴകിയ’ കമന്‍റ് പറഞ്ഞ് ഈ സിനിമയുടെ
    മാറ്റു കുറക്കാന്‍ ഞാന്‍ ഉദ്ദേശിക്കുന്നില്ല.വിക്കില്ലെന്‍കിലും എന്തൊക്കെയോ കുറവുകള്‍ ഉണ്ട് എന്ന ചിന്ത എന്നെയും
    അലട്ടിയിരുന്നു.ഒരു CA-inter വിദ്യാര്‍ഥിയായ ഞാന്‍,ഇതൊരിക്കലും എനിക്കു കഴിയില്ല എന്ന ദൃഢവിശ്വാസത്തിലുമായിരുന്നു.
    എന്നാല്‍ ഞാനിപ്പോള്‍ എന്നെ തിരിച്ചറിയുന്നു.എനിക്കും ചിലത് ഈ സമൂഹത്തിനു വേണ്ടി ചെയ്യാനുണ്ട്.ഈ തിരിച്ചറിവു നല്‍കിയ ദൈവത്തിനും വാത്മീകം സിനിമയുടെ സൃഷ്ടാവായ
    താന്‍കള്‍ക്കും നന്ദി…

  13. Dear Mr. Ranjith,
    Thank you so much for such a wonder ful movie.. I am sure you would have spent a lot of effort for the research side .. Of course Jayasurya also.. As a person who has been facing this Stammering ( I would say Blessings instead of issue) for the entire life period , each and every moment in the film was unforgettable for me.. Jaysurya brilliantly acted minute expression of a stammerer.. At times I felt like this film is just like my diaries of my earlier days.. Instants like, Waiting for favorite Bus, not taking phone calls, calling amma as “ma”, consoling of father, talking like singing, taking notes for buying from shops,.. etc etc… As sudhi did in the film, me too got confidence gradually with the help of many friends and colleagues..
    Waiting for you next film which always cover up human emotions and links with society ( Varsham, Punyalan, Sudhi, Passenger etc etc)..

    Thanks a looooooott

  14. Hello Mr.Ranjith,

    First of all sorry to say that i have watched this movie only last week dont know how i ignored this movie.But the movie was outstanding and now i am watching every day especially that first song scenes and also the BGM and the songs are exceptional.Keep up your Good Work .
    Wishing you all the very best and my promise from next movie onwards i wil not miss the first show.

    Thanks
    Sreekanth

  15. Hi , I happened to see your flawless effort just now. What a story and what a coordination. I am so happy to know that there is still some talents there to give significant milestones to the industry.Many congrats Ranjith brothr. Expecting again from you. Keep entertain the world, Keep give messages through your movies. God Bless.

  16. Very nice movie…..

  17. Thank u for telling this story.. for making sudhi. It has given me hope and courage..when I needed it most in life


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