Cinema KQ, directed and produced by actor Baiju Johnson, who also plays the lead, marks the debut of beauty queen Parvathy Omanakuttan in Mollywood.
Parvathy Omanakuttan is luxuriating in the shade of, and the breeze from, the rain trees in Fort Kochi. Getting ready to shoot her first Malayalam film, KQ, the charming Parvathy finds it difficult to believe that such a beautiful part exists in Kochi. Her excitement is also about her first film in her mother tongue. “KQ can stand for Keep Quiet. It can be King and Queen, it can be anything,” she says, clad in blue jeans, a brown shirt and carrying a knapsack. Parvathy plays the role of a journalist, Sunaina, who works with The London Times. She has been assigned to write on The Thattumpuram Boys, a music club that makes sensational music, in the mould of the legendary Mehboob from Fort Kochi. This t brings her to Fort Kochi.
Within shots she discloses that her delayed foray into Malayalam films was only because of rumours that she was not fluent in the language. “That’s untrue. We speak only Malayalam at home,” says Parvathy who made a mark in her Tamil film, Billa 2 with Ajith.
The former Miss India and supermodel from Changanassery is considering scripts in Tamil and Telugu and says that she chose this film as it had a good script and she fits the role. “Everybody wants to work with big banners but you have to see what works for you. Sunaina, the journalist whom I play, is like me – free-spirited, independent, bold and intelligent,” she says, adding that everybody on the sets have been very cooperative.
Meanwhile director, producer and hero Baiju Johnson too is excited about his new role as a hero. He plays hero for the very first time in his career. “In the last 49 films I played a villain. This is my 50th film and that too as a hero,” he gushes.
The era of the legendary singer Mehboob is recreated as the story revolves around The Thattumpuram Boys club and its activities. Parvathy comes to Kochi to cover the music of the club and its activities. She meets up with its two main members, Benzeer (Baiju Johnson) and Roshan (newcomer Anson Paul), who plays a Gujarati boy. The plot deepens when she finds some connection between her missing friend and the local gangs from the area. The story ends with a dramatic climax.
On location, a KSRTC low floor Volvo bus is the set where Sunaina is seen confabulating with Benzeer and Roshan before stepping on to the bus. Visiting tourists in the area play the role of other passengers in the bus. The whole touristy ambience of Fort Kochi is captured beautifully by Jomon Thomas who cranks the camera.
Newcomer Anson Paul from Thrissur is thrilled at being a part of the film. He is one of the local boys of the Thattumpuram club. “I am the typical boy from this part. I indulge in petty crimes by the day and join the musical activities of the club by night. I am a good guy and a bad guy in the film,” says Anson who has just completed his acting studies from Anupam Kher Acting School in Mumbai.
Music plays a very major part in the film and is put together by Stephen Devassy. The lyrics are penned by Rafeeq Ahamed. Screenplay and dialogues are by S. Vallath. Ace footballer I.M. Vijayan plays a policeman and K.B. Ganesh Kumar has a guest role in the film. The other cast members are Mamukoya and Mala Aravindan. The film is scheduled to hit theatres by February next year.