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Triumph of the human spirit

Vijay George
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On location Ranjith's ‘Spirit' has Mohanlal playing a laidback character called Reghunandanan, who changes his carefree ways after a life-changing incident. Vijay George

The shoot of writer-director Ranjith's ‘Spirit' is on in and around the sprawling Choice house in Kochi. Mohanlal plays the lead in the film, along with Shankar Ramakrishnan and Kaniha.

The house has been transformed into a resort called ‘Casa Rosa' for the film. After some shots of Mohanlal near the building, the action shifts to a hall inside the house.

Although the title of the film is a subject of discussion in the media and on various social networking sites, Ranjith clarifies that the film is not just about alcohol and its effects, it is also about the triumph of the human spirit.

Mohanlal's role

“Reghunandanan (Mohanlal) is a laidback person. He was working in a bank when he leaves his job to pursue a career in journalism. He is divorced. His best friends are his former wife Meera (Kaniha) and her husband, Alexy (Shankar Ramakrishnan). An eye-opening incident changes his carefree life, to an extent. He is currently writing a book, a biography titled ‘Spirit.'

“The movie also takes a look at the marital lives of a cross-section of people in society,” says Ranjith, who recently won the national award for the best feature film in Malayalam for his ‘Indian Rupee.'

Although Prakash Raj was originally scheduled to play Alexy, due to various reasons, the role went to Shankar, the scenarist of ‘Urumi' and director of ‘Island Express' one of the 10 films in ‘Kerala Café.'

Says Shankar: “I have never considered acting. Although Ranjith's ‘Leela' was supposed to be my entry into Mollywood, ‘Spirit,' is now my debut film. Alexy, my character in ‘Spirit,' may not look friendly, but he is a nice person. He was a teacher. He quit his job and is now into organic farming and running ‘Casa Rosa.' He is the foster father to Reghunandanan's child.”

Kaniha's role in this film is different from the usual soft-spoken characters she plays. “Here I am bold and make my own decisions in life. Meera is educated, intelligent and is fond of music.”

‘Spirit' is being produced under the banner of Aashirvad Cinemas. Venu is the cinematographer. Lyrics by Rafeeq Ahmed have been set to tune by Shahabaz Aman.

Still photographer is Paul Bathery.


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