Viji Thampy’s ‘Chemistry’ is about a group of teenagers and certain issues relating to the misuse of mobile phones. Vijay George
Life is as usual at the Viswajyothi School at Angamaly, except for the arc lights, the frenetic activities of a film crew and the last-minute rehearsals by actors in the school auditorium. The large hall is the day’s location for ‘Chemistry,’ directed by Viji Thampy.
“‘Chemistry’ is a story of a group of Plus Two students at the fictional Mount Academy School and certain issues concerning the misuse of mobile phones. Although mobile phones have made life easier, they are subject to misuse especially by youngsters. There is a mystery element to the story as well with the death of Gauri, Aleena and Kalyani, three students of the school. But their deaths are being shown through an emotional angle. The investigation is on to find out the reasons behind their deaths and to affirm whether it is a case of suicide or murder,” says Viji Thampy, as he watches the takes on a monitor.
Cinematographer Sanjeev Sankar focusses the camera on a few girls who are practising some dance steps in front of their teacher, played by Vineeth. After the shot is canned, the camera shifts to Saranya Mohan, who has just entered the hall.
Saranya who has found success in Kollywood with films such as ‘Yaaradi Nee Mohini’ and ‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu,’ makes her return to Malayalam in ‘Chemistry,’ in which she plays the lead.
“My character, Parvathy, spent her childhood abroad but is very traditional,” says the actor.
Young actor Shilpa Bala plays Gauri. She is the daughter of a lorry driver who gets admission to Mount Academy School where children from affluent families study, because she is brilliant in studies. Vineeth dons the role of a music and dance teacher at the school. “I have been busy with my films in Hindi and Kannada, and will start shooting for Kannan Perumudiyoor’s ’Attakkadha’ soon,” says Vineeth.
After a while, the unit moves to a corridor and Mukesh joins the action. A huge group of students of the Viswajyothi school throng the aisles to catch a glimpse of the star. Consequently, the unit has to wait for some time before they disperse. “I play a cop named Sreekanth and I am in charge of the investigation into the death of the three students. I have a particular interest in this case since one of them – Parvathy – is my niece and the three students were her friends,” says Mukesh.
‘Chemistry’ is being produced under the banner of Vaishnavi Creations. Lyrics by Bichu Tirumala have been set to music by M. Jayachandran and Vinu Kiriyath. Still photographer is Rajesh.