Scriptwriter Ranjan Pramod is back in cinemas with his second directorial venture Rose Guitarinaal.

Ranjan Pramod is the scriptwriter of some of Malayalam cinema’s biggest box office hits such as Meesa Madhavan, Manassinakkare, Achuvinte Amma and Naran. Although Ranjan was not able to replicate the success when he turned director with the Mohanlal-starrer Photographer, he is confident that his second film Rose Guitarinaal, which is ready to hit cinemas, would be received well by viewers.

“It is a musical romance featuring fresh faces. I am introducing Athmiya as the heroine, as well as Richard Joy Thomas, who plays one of the leads. Rejith Menon, Manu, Jagadeesh, director Joy Mathew and Thara Kalyan are some of the main actors,” says Ranjan.

Rose Guitarinaal is a love story, but it has many layers, says the scriptwriter-turned-director. “It may look like a straightforward love story, but there is more to the film. It is also about differences in class and lifestyles. And it will be visually pleasing too,” he elaborates.

There are eight songs in Rose Guitarinaal, all composed by Shahabaz Aman. “There are no duets. Imagine a love story without duets! I am introducing some new voices too – Kavya Ajith, Parvathy, Alfred Charles Nazrath and myself. I have sung the song, ‘Moonga…’, in reggae style. Shahabaz, Gayatri and Neha Nair have also sung for the film,” says Ranjan. Incidentally, the late music composer Johnson had scored the music for Photographer, acing the charts with ‘Enthe Kannanu karupu niram …’, sung by K.J. Yesudas. “It was Johnson’s first film after a four-year break. I have fond memories of working with Johnson,” says Ranjan.

He seems to have a few other “firsts and comebacks” too…. “ Sheela made her comeback with Manassinakkare, in which Nayanthara also made her debut,” says the director, who himself is back in the business after six years.

“I took a sabbatical because I felt that life is not just about films. My reasons were philosophical. I thought there were other things that I wanted to do in life, which were more important than making films. And I never wanted to spend my entire life on film sets, anyway,” he says.

And his thoughts about Malayalam cinema of today? “It hasn’t changed that much during the past few years that I have been away. Yes, some new directors have come and they have made some films that have been well-appreciated,” says the director.

He also seems quite unfazed by Photographer’s lacklustre response at the box office. “I don’t regret Photographer. I feel that it didn’t get a fair run in theatres. However, it was well-appreciated after it was released on DVD and then telecast on television. The reviews were extremely positive. The film was political and spiritual too,” he says.