At 72, Vijayaraghavan is on a roll. In Pookkalam, he performs a 100-year-old protagonist who information for a divorce when he finds his spouse had an extramarital affair. However in Neymar, which was launched after that, he seems as a cool, vibrant, loud dad to an adolescent, even taking part in to the gallery with whistle-worthy scenes.
Jagadish, 67, is in no temper to decelerate. Having step by step shifted from comedy to severe roles, the actor has proved his mettle with intense roles in Rorschach, Kaapa and Purusha Pretham.
Ashokan, 61, is fortunately cherry-picking roles today. The ration store vendor in Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam was simply the form of function he was ready for and now the actor has some strong roles in his kitty just like the robust dad inIntekkakkakoru Premodarnnu.
Due to new-age administrators and writers, these senior actors are not relegated to insignificant supporting roles.
“I’m excited that there’s a technology of filmmakers and writers who create such roles, just like the 100-year-old hero of Pookkalam, which has been impressed by an actual incident in Italy,” says Vijayaraghavan, who donned the grease paint 53 years in the past, first for the stage and, later, the massive display screen.
Pookkalam‘s director Ganesh Raj says, “Kuttettan (as Vijayaraghavan is thought within the trade) was my first alternative for Ittoop’s character. I love his work and have all the time felt that he’s an under-explored actor. There have been discussions on how Ittoop ought to look, however what you see on display screen is his creation. Kuttettan was so dedicated to the function that he didn’t do every other movies for months collectively. That isn’t straightforward for an actor who has been doing quite a lot of character roles.”
For 25 days, the actor sat for 4 hours for the make-up to change into Ittoop. He diminished his weight by 10 kilograms, used prosthetic tooth to vary the form of his jaw, shaved the eye-brows, modified his voice and labored on his physique language to change into Ittoop, aided by make-up artiste Ronex Xavier. “Dubbing was robust. I needed to change my voice and this strained my voicebox. I needed to relaxation my voice after the dubbing,” says the actor.
“I get pleasure from engaged on the look of my characters, as within the case of Cheradi Kariya (Ekalavyan), Appachayi (Roudram), Ramanathan (Shipayilahala), Sankaran (Deshadanam), Pillechan (Leela) and many others. I can execute the character nicely provided that the look enhances that. I’m enthused to painting characters which have one thing completely different to supply,” says the actor, who’s carrying ahead the legacy of his father and theatre doyen, the legendary NN Pillai.
Jagadish too has a background in theatre, studying from Vayala Vasudevan Pillai. A author, singer and tv anchor, Jagadish too says it’s younger administrators who’re giving him attention-grabbing roles. With comedy as his forte for years, he received a whole lot of followers along with his characters. On the similar time, he performed the lead in movies comparable to Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans, Grihapravesham and Welcome to Kodaikanal within the early 90s.
There was an try at parallel cinema as nicely — MP Sukumaran Nair’s Jalamsham (2014). Leela had him essaying the wily Thankappan Nair who abuses his daughter. “Regardless that the seeds for change have been sown in Leela, it took time for meaty roles to return by. Ultimately, Ashraf, the corrupt policeman in Rorschach, opened the doorways for performance-oriented roles. Then got here Jabbar, the lead character’s aide in Kaapa, and Dileep, the cop in Purusha Pretham,” says the actor who made his debut in My Expensive Kuttichathan (1984).
Nisam Basheer, director of Mammootty-starrer Rorschach, opines that Jagadish is once more an actor whose potential has not been tapped. “We now have principally seen a hyperactive Jagadish chettan on display screen. However I knew there’s extra to him as an actor. It was a delight working with him as a result of he is aware of the craft and doesn’t thoughts going for retakes if wanted,” says Nisam, including that the actor is a part of his subsequent venture as nicely.
Jagadish says that whereas he used to play severe roles in newbie theatre, he dealt with comedy in performs staged in his school. “That received carried over to movies. Administrators and writers weren’t satisfied about casting me as an aged character. [Director] Lal Jose as soon as mentioned that he couldn’t visualise me taking part in the function of a father. Individuals consider that saying that I look younger makes me completely happy. Nonetheless, that isn’t true if it comes at the price of good function!” he laughs.
Ashokan, got here into movies to change into a singer and ended up as an actor on the age of 17, taking part in the unlikely hero in veteran P Padmarajan’s debut movie, Peruvazhiyambalam (1979). Having labored in over 200 movies, together with some with stalwarts comparable to KG George and Adoor Gopalakrishnan early in his profession, the actor says, “A very good crew can all the time make a distinction for an actor. That’s what occurred in Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam. Individuals have expectations a few Lijo Jose Pellissery movie as a result of none of his characters go unnoticed,” says Ashokan.
Breaking the picture
Indrans, 67, is one of the best instance of how an actor can reinvent his craft. From being a comic in his early movies, he cemented his place taking part in severe characters, together with roles with unfavorable shades, and performed lead roles as nicely. One other actor whose calibre is getting celebrated today is Jaffer Idukki, who has graduated from small roles to taking part in the protagonist. Shammi Thilakan and Lalu Alex are among the many different actors who have gotten a couple of alternatives to interrupt their picture.
Within the case of feminine actors, Urvashi continues to be a delight to look at. Sidelined to small roles, Bindu Panicker was a revelation in Rorschach as Seetha, a personality with gray shades. Though not a senior with regard to her age or variety of movies, Poornima Indrajith proved her credentials in Rajeev Ravi’s Thuramukham by which she performed a personality in her 30s and in early 60s.
The actor admits that he regrets performing in sure movies as a result of he didn’t have a lot to do in them. “On the similar time, there have been movies I received observed in, regardless of the display screen time. For instance, in a few of my early movies comparable to Yavanika and Gayathri Devi Ente Amma, I had only a few scenes however these characters are nonetheless remembered. My character in Hallo had one scene however that comedy sequence went viral,” says Ashokan, who has performed the hero, anti-hero, comic, supporting roles, and even visitor roles. One other favorite is the one in Inttakkakakoru Premodarnnu. “I haven’t performed such a personality and loved sporting that look,” he provides.
The actor admits that he grew to become selective about his roles. “Now I do know, that’s how one can keep put within the trade,” Ashokan says. In the meantime, he’s debuting as a music director in Babu Thiruvalla’s Manassu and is performing in two Malayalam net sequence.
Vijayaraghavan, alternatively, factors out that he’s “going with the circulate. Regardless that I search for selection in roles, I’m able to do every kind of movies. In any other case, I’ll sit at dwelling,” he asserts. Apart from movies, he’s performing in net sequence as nicely.
Speaking about longevity, Jagadish views, “Adapting to the instances is necessary and that’s doable in case you keenly observe the modifications round you, be it in folks’s behaviour or in society.” Fairly happy about being “promoted” to father roles in upcoming movies, he says, “I’m taking part in father to Basil Joseph, Arjun Ashokan and Prithviraj of their upcoming movies. I’d even play Mammootty’s father some day!”