Debutant director Sharath A. Haridasan’s Salala Mobiles is a timeless love story

The walls are green in colour, with posters of cricketers and large-sized photographs tacked on them. In one corner of the room, on a small table, is a computer. A bed takes up the rest of the space in the room. The day’s location for adman Sharath A. Haridasan’s directorial debut Salala Mobiles, is at a Food Corporation of India go-down in Kozhikode, a corner of which has been transformed into a young guy’s room by art director Mohandas.

In the film it is Dulquer Salmaan’s room. Dulquer plays Afzal, who runs a small mobile shop.

“The film is a love story about Afzal and Shanana (Nazriya Nazim). Dulquer and Nazriya make for a winsome pair,” says the director.

The scene being shot is a quick one of Dulquer, dressed in jeans and t-shirt, sitting on the bed.

Siddique and Narayanan Kutty feature in the next scene. They are paying a visit to Afzal’s home.

“I cannot say much about this particular scene as it is part of a twist in the plot,” says Sharath.

Actor Geetha plays Afzal’s mother. The upcoming scene is her last shot for Salala Mobiles.

After sitting for a few close-up shots, Dulquer says: “I liked the plot of the film as soon as I heard it from the director. Afzal is a regular, down-to-earth guy, who is really sweet. It’s a sweet love story.”

After ABCD, he has teamed up once again with actor Jacob Gregory who has a prominent role in Salala Mobiles too.

“As in ABCD, in this one too Gregory plays the ideal sidekick. He plays Binoy, who assists Afzal in the mobile shop. There is lots of humour involving the duo,” says Sharath.

Straight narrative

The director adds that the film follows a straight narrative. “I am trying to tell a simple tale. It’s a bit of social satire too,” he says.

The cast includes Janardanan, Mamukoya, Jose, who is making a comeback to Mollywood, Tiny Tom, Rejith Menon, and Raveendran.

Satheesh Kurup is the cinematographer. Lyrics by Santhosh Varma, Alankode Leelakrishnan, B.K. Harinarayanan and Sharath himself have been set to tune by Gopi Sundar.

Salala Mobiles, produced by Anto Joseph under the banner of Film Company, will be in cinemas in December.