Posted by: Ranjith Sankar | April 19, 2017

Ramante Edanthottam

When did i first think of making Ramate Edanthottam?
Think it was in 2009 after Passenger..I was exhausted and looking for change. Finally reached a resort in  Nelliyampathy.It was a special resort.. the mornings were like heaven and evenings even more beautiful. I woke upto a monkey leading a block of goats..trees talking to themselves..
2nd day morning i took a jeep trecking to Mampara. The Jeep driver struck me immediately. He had a big stick to scare away tigers and elephants:) We reached the peak after a great ride and i felt i was so close to nature..I was still working in software then.It was like a new world opening up before me..
In the 4 days i stayed there I was pretty sure I was gonna shoot a romantic movie there. I could smell romance all around there. Raman was formed there as a Skelton from a combination of that jeep driver and that resort owner.
Years passed and I visited the resort every time i passed through palakkad..wud drive upto nelliyampathy and be there for few hours to feel Ramans world.
It was a scary movie to make so kept it aside everytime. After pretham i suddenly felt if i dont make it now may never make it in my career. Chackochan was equally excited to be raman and even agreed to spend 3 months for preparation.
Sadly by the time i wanted to shoot it ,the resort in nelliyampathy was not fitting enough.Across the years it had transformed into something modern, not Ramans world. I thought i may never find Ramans Ethanthottam. Then it was bijibal who suggested vagamon heights. He had composed for munthirivallikal thalirkkumbol there.
I write dialogues for my movies very late. I went to vagamon heights while i was through half of it and weeks into shoot.. The moment i reached the place i could see the scenes playing out infront of me there. The mud paths,rustic rooms,lakes, mountains, estate, forest.. the place even had the horse and dogs that were there in my script.. It was like a location waiting for me ready to shoot there.
The moment i saw the place all lil apprehensions in my mind regarding the movie had faded away. It was destined to be made and to be shot there.I only had to follow the flow..I have experienced this in few films and the moment u realise it you are relieved. The world will conspire for the rest to fall in place..
I still dint had a heroine. Many leading stars were ready to give their both hands to be Malini.But somehow i felt only the freshness of a newcomer can make it work. Met 100s of newcomers but nothing clicked.
Anu sithara happened days before the shoot.I went to meet her to say a polite NO.But the moment i saw her i saw Malini..I gave her a dialog and she was indeed malini.
There was no looking back from there. I am writing this when am on this fag end of my journey through this film. All I can say is that I am in love with it right now. I want to be detached from it as soon as possible so that i can take ur views on it realistically.
May 12 it is..
Posted by: Ranjith Sankar | May 11, 2016

ആർക്ക് വോട്ട് ചെയ്യണം.?

ഈയിടെ വായിച്ചതാണ്. ഒരു വിദേശ പദ്ധതിയുടെ ഭാഗമായി 120 കോടി ചിലവിൽ സൗജന്യമായി എറണാകുളം ഗോശ്രീ പാലം നിർമ്മിക്കാൻ എത്തിയവരോട് നമ്മുടെ അന്നത്തെ സർക്കാർ പറഞ്ഞത് 900 കോടിക്ക് ഞങ്ങൾ തന്നെ അതു നിർമിക്കാൻ പോകുന്നു എന്നതാണത്രെ! നമ്മൾ വിഡ്ഢികളായ ജനങ്ങളുടെ പണം ആവശ്യം പോലെ ഉണ്ടല്ലൊ!

മാറി മാറി വരുന്ന പുതിയ സർക്കാർ എന്ന പ്രഹസനമല്ല എനിക്കു വേണ്ടത്…

എനിക്ക് വേണ്ടത് Direct benefits ആണ്.

ഞാൻ കൊടുക്കുന്ന നികുതിക്ക് പകരമായി എന്റെ മാസാമാസ ബില്ലുകളിൽ Direct ഇളവു നൽകുന്ന സർക്കാർ…

ന്യായ വിലക്ക് എന്റെ ഗതാഗതം ഉറപ്പാക്കുന്ന സർക്കാർ..

വിഷമില്ലാത്ത ഭക്ഷണം എനിക്കറപ്പാക്കുന്ന സർക്കാർ..

എന്റെ സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യവും സുരക്ഷയും ഉറപ്പാക്കുന്ന സർക്കാർ

പതിനായിരം കോടിയുടെ പദ്ധതികളല്ല എനിക്കു വേണ്ടത്…

ആ കോടികളുടെ പ്രയോജനം എന്റെ അനുദിന ജീവിതത്തിലേക്ക് എത്തുക എന്നതാണ്..

എനിക്കു വേണ്ടത് വാഗ്ദാനങ്ങളല്ല..


ഇന്നത്തെ യാഥാർത്ഥത്യം അഴിമതി ആണെങ്കിൽ നിങ്ങൾ അധികാരത്തിലേറി നടത്താൻ പോകുന്ന അഴിമതിയുടെ ഒരു വിഹിതം എനിക്കു തരാൻ നിങ്ങൾ തയ്യാറുണ്ടോ?

ആ സ്ഥാനാർത്ഥിക്കാണ് എന്റെ ഇത്തവണത്തെ വോട്ട് .

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..!!

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