Reality check

Suraj Venjaramoodu is in total control of his reel life. “Things haven’t been better really,” he says, with two plum projects on the anvil—Siddique-Mohanlal combo Ladies and Gentlemen and Benny P. Nayarambalam-Dileep project Sound Thoma. Offers have been flowing in from Tamil, too. But it is debutant Subil Surendran’s Ente Sathyanweshana Pareekshakal that he is looking forward to. Touted to be a milestone in Suraj’s career, the film has him in the lead. “It is a serious role that maps the mindscape of a comedian, the complexities and hardships he faces,” he says. Scripted by Shankar Ramakrishnan, the film is a dedication to one of Malayalam cinema’s most talented actors, Adoor Bhasi, Suraj says.

In action

Villain-turned comedian Baburaj is not done with humour yet. Playing Gopi, driver of the Kamath brothers (Mammootty and Dileep) in Kamath and Kamath, he is enjoying his new screen avatar. “I am really cool with humour roles now,” he says. But does he miss action? “A little bit, yes. But the character I play in Kamath and Kamath has both action and comedy. The Kamath brothers are vegetarians, but they ensure I get to eat yum non-vegetarian biryani in order to feed my fighting instincts,” he says. However, a bit of real action is in store for him in Rajesh Amanakara’s Entry, in which he plays the lead as a cop. DYSP Sankunni Uncle will also see him play a cop.