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Viswanath planning another English film

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JULY 30. Mr. Biju Viswanath, city-based director whose English film, `Deja Vu', has won international acclaim, plans to begin work on another later this year or next.

`Deja Vu', starring the British actors Paddy Fletcher and Simon Binns, is being screened at the upcoming Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland.

At an Open Forum held at the Sixth Trivandrum International Film Festival here on Monday, he said the new film, which will have a murder mystery format, would tell the story of an author searching for his own self.

Asked why he chose to make films in English, the director said it was increasingly getting difficult to find producers and distributors for independent, personal films in Malayalam. ``But market considerations alone have not forced me to choose English as the medium. `Deja Vu' and the new film have themes that would suit a non-Indian language.''

He said the audience response to `Deja Vu' was mixed. ``It drew praise from unexpected quarters. In the State, some of the art- house film-makers praised it, while a few commercial directors ran it down. As you know, everyone can't like a film. Nor can everyone hate a work of art.''

Mr. George Mathew, director, TIFF, also spoke.

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