Filmmaker V.K. Prakash’s Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla, which is based on a conflict between a writer and his character, has Fahadh Faasil playing two characters.
All eyes are on Kamalini Mukherji, who is busy cooking in a kitchen on the fifteenth floor of a river-facing apartment at Aluva. It is the location of director V.K. Prakash’s (VKP) curiously titled film Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla. The scene to be shot needs the actor to move out of the frame after being startled by a loud shriek. The director has assigned three youngsters to shriek for that purpose. However, when they finally go for a take, the timing of the cry goes wrong and every one, including the director, is in splits.
“We’ll go for a retake,” he smiles. The shot is canned in the second take.
The director takes a pause from the shoot to talk about the movie. Says VKP: “Natholi…is a mad, wacky film based on the conflict between a writer and the character that he has created. The character goes out of the writer’s control and the interaction that follows takes the story ahead. The title suggests that we can go wrong when we underestimate certain people. It is a triangular love story.”
Fahadh Faasil plays two roles in the film. He enacts Prem, a caretaker of the apartment complex, and Narendran, one of the residents there. Prabha (Kamalini Mukherji) is staying in the same complex. She organises adventure sports and tours for a living. The montage cuts that will be part of a song in the movie are being shot next. The shot has Fahadh, who is on the phone, welcoming Kamalini to a neatly arranged table where two glasses of fruit juice and snacks are present. A camera follows her while the second camera captures the action from another angle.
Fahadh, who is all excited about his forthcoming films such as Annayum Rasoolum and Amen, feels “this could be the craziest film I have done so far and I am loving it.” How interesting is it to play two characters in the same film? “They are actually extremes in terms of character. While one is a ‘metro representation’, the other is an underdog,” says Fahadh.
Kamalini is also enthused about her role in the film. The actor says: “After my role in Kutty Srank, which saw me playing a Malayali girl from an orthodox Christian background, I was waiting for another good role. In Natholi…, I play a ‘today’s girl’. She is aggressive in nature and has a certain duality to her personality.”
Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla is being produced by Good Company and Angel Works. Shankar Ramakrishnan is the scenarist. Cinematographer is Arun James and music director is Abhijit. The cast includes Sathar, Mukundan and Kani.