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Pangs of separation

G. JAYAKUMAR

Harikumar has tackled the issue of divorce and its aftermath in `Paranju Theeratha Visheshangal.'



WALLS OF SILENCE: Suresh Gopi and Lakshmi Gopalaswamy in `Paranju Theeratha Visheshangal.'

While making his latest film with divorce as its theme, director Harikumar says he was reminded of what the noted Hindi actor Ashok Kumar had said in an interview: "I and my wife lead a contented married life because we always have something to tell each other."

Title of the film

That was why Harikumar named his film `Paranju Theeratha Visheshangal.' The film deals with the visheshangal (samll talk) that the husband and wife were unable to say or forgot to say to each other, Harikumar adds. `Paranju Theeratha Visheshangal' tells the story of a couple who are divorced but are still not able to forget each other.

Suresh Gopi and Lakshmi Gopalaswamy enact the lead roles. When family and friends try to persuade each of them to find new partners and begin a new life they shy away from taking a decision. The film realistically depicts the agony that separation brings into their lives.

On how the film came about, Harikumar says: "The idea for the film germinated when I came to know about the mental agony of an old friend whose marriage ended in divorce after just two years. After separating from his wife and daughter he seemed to have lost the will to live. Then I came across a newspaper report that Kerala has the highest number of divorce cases in the country. And with the novel `Balikalam ' by E.V.Sreedharan as the source of inspiration I decided to make the film."

Harikumar won the national award for the best director in 1995 for the film `Sukrutham' that had Mammootty in the lead.

"In my latest film, Suresh Gopi plays the lead role. I wanted to cast Suresh in a different role, something that was far removed from his image," he says. In 1981, Harikumar made his debut with `Ambalpoovu,' with the late actor Sukumaran in the lead. Harikumar remembers that it was Sukumaran who introduced him to tinsel world as "a promising director." `Ambalpoovu' was followed by films like `Snehapoorvam Meera,' `Oru Swakaryam,' `Ayanam,' and `Pulivarunne puli.' Then he produced and directed `Jalakom,' which introduced a new scriptwriter Balachandran Chullikad, the noted poet.

Songs and movies

On songs in films, Harikumar says, "Sometimes songs are necessary. A song can create a mood. For instance, in `Paranju Theeratha Visheshangal,' a song `Manase paadu nee' creates the mood of the emotional struggle without dialogue. The silence of the characters conveys thoughts better with that song in the background."

The lyrics in the movie have been penned by Yusufali Kechery and Gireesh Puthenchery and set to music by M. Jayachandran, who has also composed the background score for the film. Cameraman Sanjiv Shanker has captured the natural beauty of the landscapes and backwaters of Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam.

The cast includes Sukumari, Manya, Jagathy Sreekumar and Janardanan.

Produced by Shini for St. Antony's Films, the film is expected to be released in the last week of January.

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