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IN STEP: Vineeth and Chitra Iyer, who act in Lenin Rajendran's `Rathrimazha,' were trained in contemporary dance.
IN STEP: Vineeth and Chitra Iyer, who act in Lenin Rajendran's `Rathrimazha,' were trained in contemporary dance.

SARASWATHY NAGARAJAN

Lenin Rajendran's film `Rathrimazha' examines the kaleidoscopic changes in inter-personal relationships.

Into the midst of political dramas and campus extravaganzas comes a film that delves into the world of dance and dancers. A close look into the subtle interplay of conflicting emotions and egos that find expression in the finest creative endeavours. A process that also unleashes base instincts that threaten to tear the fabric of interpersonal relations. Lenin Rajendran's film `Rathrimazha,' which stars Vineeth and Meera Jasmine in the lead, is the story of a dancer who becomes a paralytic after an accident. However, his ambition is not snuffed out by the accident. He dreams of becoming a master choreographer and continues to work with his troupe.

Unique role

"He dreams of a dance production called `Rathrimazha.' It is a unique role," says Vineeth, who plays the dancer Harikrishnan. Vineeth, a student of Padma Subramaniam, adds, "Although I am a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, I play a contemporary dancer in this film. Initially, it was a little difficult to get used to the style and body movements of the dance sequences." To enact Harikrishanan, Vineeth was trained by Madhu Gopinath and Sajeev Vakkom, the lead dancers of Samudra, a dance troupe that has choreographed the dance sequences in the film. "I went to their dance school everyday to learn their technique and style. But I feel it was not enough," feels Vineeth.However, Madhu avers that Vineeth was a good student. "His training helped him pick up the nuances of the dance. It was a little difficult for Chitra Iyer. But their commitment and sincerity was amazing. On all the days, when the shoot was in Thiruvananthapuram, both the actors would turn up in our school in the morning to practise and perfect their dance numbers."Playback singer Chitra Iyer makes her debut as a dancer in the film. "It was tough. But Lenin was very encouraging and that was what kept me going," she says.Lenin, who is busy with the final work on the film, adds that the film also delves into the relationship between Harikrishnan and Meera. "In fact, the first part of the film is about their meeting through the net and their courtship. Lenin has given it a very different feel and I feel that it has come out very well," says Vineeth.Meera Jasmine plays Meera. "The dancer lives through her. Although everything is hunky dory in the beginning, the insecurities of the wheelchair-bound Harikrishnan begins to take a toll of their marriage," says Lenin. After this project, Lenin, who is also directing the signature film of the 11thInternational Film Festival of Kerala for the third time, plans to start the work on his film on Raja Ravi Varma.


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