Once you ask Lukman Avaran about his new-found stardom, the actor performs it down with fun. “It’s too early to say that. I’m solely preparing as an actor,” he says.
The actor has proved his mettle along with his roles in Operation Java(2021), Saudi Vellakka (2022) and Thallumaala(2022). Final seen because the lead character in Sulaikha Manzil (2023), he has Corona Jawan and Jackson Bazaar Youth arising for launch within the coming weeks. “Every movie is a chance to grasp what extra I can do as an actor. There’s all the time scope for enchancment. My purpose is to not do as many films as attainable. I need to be a proficient actor,” he says.
An engineering graduate hailing from Ponnani in Malappuram, cinema got here fairly late into Lukman’s life. “I didn’t develop up with a ardour for cinema. I come from a conservative household, which has no reference to the cinema business. I used to be fascinated about theatre throughout my faculty days, that’s all. We purchased a tv at dwelling solely once I was in larger secondary faculty. Even once I began watching films, I didn’t consider changing into an actor as a result of that chance by no means occurred to me. However I used to behave out the scenes in entrance of the mirror!” he says.
Date with performing
The performing bug bit him when he enrolled for engineering. “I took up engineering as a result of my mates had been doing it. That was a turning level although. I did a play in school and was chosen as the very best actor. [Actor] Siju Wilson, then recent from the success of Premam, was one of many judges. He informed me that I ought to get a portfolio finished and check out my luck in films. That’s once I began eager about changing into an actor,” he says.
After ending school, he obtained an opportunity to behave in Dayom Panthrandu (2013), directed and produced by Harshad, who went on to jot down Unda(2019), Puzhu (2022) and Kadinakadorame Andakadaham(2023). “I met him by means of a buddy. Harshad mentioned that he was able to solid anybody who had a automotive! I lied that I had one once I didn’t actually have a bicycle as a result of I didn’t need to miss out on that position,” he says.
Though the film didn’t have a theatre launch, he grew to become mates with a bunch of people that went on to make a mark in Malayalam cinema; individuals equivalent to writer-director Muhsin Parari, director-producer Zakariya, writer-director Ashraf Hamza, cinematographer Kannan Patteri and many others. “They took me to Kochi the place I met extra individuals from the business and my mates’ community obtained larger. They by no means let me go though I hadn’t achieved something then,” he maintains.
He did odd jobs whilst he attended auditions and obtained a blink-and-miss position in Saptamasree Thaskaraha (2015). Good roles eluded him and simply when he had determined to maneuver to West Asia as per his household’s want, Muhsin provided him an attention-grabbing position in his directorial debut, KL 10 Patthu (2015).
The breakout position for him was as a civil police officer, Biju Kumar, in Unda. Biju travels along with his unit to a Maoist-controlled area in Chattisgarh on election obligation. A Dalit, he doesn’t reply to the casteist remarks of his colleagues till the day he decides to face up for his identification. “The position gave me immense satisfaction as an actor. Appreciation got here in from all quarters and there have been some criticism as effectively. No person is ideal, proper?”
The efficiency gave him a pivotal position in Tharun Moorthy’s thriller, Operation Java, a field workplace hit. He performed Vinaya Dasan, an unemployed youth who works briefly in Kerala Police’s cyber unit, together with Antony George (Balu Varghese). “I went by means of a number of real-life conditions whereas enacting the character. He’s looking for a job regardless of being a BTech graduate and I might relate to his predicament,” he says.
His new launch Corona Jawan is in regards to the village Anathadam within the Thrissur district, which holds the doubtful distinction of getting probably the most worthwhile liquor store run by the federal government. “When the bars are closed through the pandemic, the individuals go loopy. It’s an entertainer, with no logic by any means and has caricaturish characters.” Jackson Bazaar Youth is a thriller, centred round a band of the identical identify. His character Appu is a member of this workforce that stays illegally within the Jackson Bazaar colony. So they’re all the time in battle with the police.
“ Corona Jawan is ready in Thrissur and Jackson Bazaar Youth in Kollam. Since most of my dialogues in films have been within the Malabar dialects, it was attention-grabbing to get out of that consolation zone,” he says. His upcoming tasks embrace Tikitaka directed by Kala director, Rohith VS, and movies by Maju (director of Appan), Ullas Vinod, and Akhil Anilkumar amongst others.
Is he bothered by falling footfalls in cinemas over the previous few months? “You’ll be able to’t blame the viewers for preferring OTT platforms as a result of going to the theatre is a expensive affair as of late. However individuals will come to cinemas if the movie is nice. Pre-release promotions are additionally necessary. The optimistic factor that has come out of the current state of affairs is that, hopefully, there will probably be an accent on making good cinema,” he indicators off.