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Selling fruit juice and dreams

Suresh Krishna, director of the movie, `Vasanthamalika', talks of his latest project.

SURESH KRISHNA dreamt big. The small fruit juice outlet his father asked him to look after in the city wasn't what Suresh Krishna wanted to do. So he went after his dream. In right earnest. That was way in the early '90s. Today, Suresh Krishna is almost there.

His third directorial venture, `Vasanthamalika' (not to be confused with the Sivaji starrer), is to be released and he's already planning his next, to be titled, `Pathinonnamathil Vyazham'. "After 10 years, you can use the name of any film again," he explains. Suresh Krishna's `Vasanthamalika', under the banner of Jayalakshmi Films, has Mukesh and Uma Maheshwari in the lead roles. "It has humour as its main plank, but the story is strong," he states. It's about a young man, who would do anything to get money to buy back his lost ancestral house. He takes on lease a haunted house (yes, `Vasanthamalika') because it comes cheap and tries to fill it with sub-tenants to make a fast buck. A group of college girls come in handy. That process turns out to be tricky and therein lies a tale, which Suresh Krishna narrates. The supporting cast includes Jagathy, Jagadeesh, Saikumar, Sreenath, Bindu Panikkar, Nadir Shah, Salimkumar, Kalaranjini, Ragasudha, Anjali, Manjari.

"The story has scope for comedy and thus it doesn't seem contrived," Suresh Krishna feels. Mukesh is back after a lull and the presence of Uma Maheswari, one of the most promising of the starlets, keeps his hopes alive.

The path has been thorny but Suresh is thankful to many who helped him up the ladder. He was assistant to Rajeev Anchal and Sreekkuttan. "Producer Sureshkumar is also one who has faith in me," Krishna recalls.

`Bharatheeyam' was his maiden venture, with Suhasini and Suresh Gopi in the lead. That was in 1997. A little boy was the central character. Only when it was shown on TV that people realised it was a good movie. It was told from the point of view of a boy who found out that his father was a terrorist and a wanted man. Torn between love for his father and the urge to follow the right path as taught by his favourite teacher, the little boy is all confused.

His second movie, `Achaneyanenikkishtam', was released last year. The songs were an instant hit.

Suresh Krishna got featured in Zee News recently as the man who runs a juice stall and also made movies. He will not let go of the juice stall, he says. Someone manages it in his long periods of absence.

How fickle the silver screen is, Suresh Krishna knows, as most in the industry have found out sooner than later.

P.M.

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