Posted by: Ranjith Sankar | May 11, 2016


2 weeks to Pretham shoot.!

Pretham should be the 8 th or 9 th script I wrote in the genre. None got made before as I doubted their commercial possibilities at different times.Margin for error is very less in such films. And “when in doubt never do it” has always been the golden rule.

I played around with pretham idea for past couple of years and think the only reason I am attempting it now is that everytime I set it aside, it kept coming back.That’s a very positive sign for a film script. :)Another exciting factor in pretham was that I had never attempted a youth movie so far. And that pretham could be something very fresh for them in malayalam right now with the genre.

As other films I get this very positive feeling of everything falling into shape at the right time as i get ready to shoot. I am working with a relatively new team this time and new technology. That’s always exciting when you get to learn something new and meeting new people.

I hope I enjoy making it as much as my previous films.

And hope you have a rollicking time watching it..!!

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!

Posted by: Ranjith Sankar | November 8, 2014

Mammukka and Varsham

I met Mammukka first as the superstar way back in 2006 on Palunku movie set to narrate Passenger.Passenger did not happen.Thats an old story by now.

I met Mammukka after passenger with Varsham script.It did not happen then as well.Unilke passenger I couldnt think of any other actor who can do justice to venu.So I decided to wait:)

After Punyalan Agarbathis I again felt the urge to make Varsham.I met Mammukka again with the reworked script.He had tears in his eyes more than once in between the narration.Thats how it started.

We had so many meetings preshoot before Varsham.I started discovering the warmth in that person slowly as we started interacting very closely.He was not only that techy, stylish guy that we all know..That was just a periffery.Deep inside there was that wonderful human being with a great heart..a superb film maker,an amazing listener,the man with the best sense of music and screenplay..i can go on and on..The greatest thing about this living legend for me was that there still remains that simple,humble man in him despite being one of the biggest superstars of his times..

Couple of weeks before shoot he sent me a tamil short film.He asked me to see it for once,maybe i can get inspired.I saw it and wrote the Aamir holy water scene.:)The short film was nothing about it but that made me change that scene like that.Orginal scene ended where venu and nandini was in the balcony.Again he amazed me.A star of his stature watches tamil short films!!!

Shoot was a joy.The man was a pleasure.There was the mammukka who waited for me until 3 pm without lunch so that I can join him after my shots for a home cooked lunch from his home.There was the mammukka who changed my perspective to listening,reading and watching movies.There was the mammukka who made me think on the screenplay more and more making it more engaging.There was the mammukka,a great film maker.

He affected me in best ways a person can.Before shoot I normally talk to my wife for 2 mins on phone.Post shoot I started talking for atleast 15 mins.I started spending more time with my kids.He reminded me on my sons birthday to specifically take him to a chinese restaurant.No one could persuade me to join a gym so far but he gave me the most tempting reason.It increases your confidence man:)

Varsham will remain the dearest movie to me just for Mammukka.

It was a privilege knowing you Mammukka:)

Salute and Hats off..!!!

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