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Unravelling a mystery

Vijay George
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On location Bipin Prabhakar's ‘The Metro' is a thriller that is based on three separate incidents. Vijay George

I t is pitch dark and the shoot of director Bipin Prabhakar's ‘The Metro' is on at Convent Junction in Kochi, despite the rain that plays spoilsport. A group of youngsters are running and one of them falls. The first take is canned. The camera then goes in for some close-ups.

“We are narrating a thriller, based on three separate incidents that take place in Ernakulam. The first one involves the murder of a young politician Jaimy Padamadan, which is being investigated by circle inspector Jacob Alexander (Sarath Kumar). The murder occurs during a Parliament election.

The main suspect in this case is a fiery local don named Paruthikkadan (Suresh Krishna) and due to high level political pressure, the investigation gets affected,” says Bipin Prabhakar, who has earlier directed films like ‘One Way Ticket,' ‘Khaki' and ‘Samasthakeralam P.O.'

The next thread in the story follows Anupama (Bhavana), an IT employee. She is being followed by gangsters. Why they have an eye on her is one of the mysteries to be solved on screen.

Five friends

The third incident in the movie involves a group of five friends, who are travelling from Thiruvilwamala to Pala. Nivin Pauly, who shot to fame as Prakashan in ‘Malarvady Arts Club,' plays named Harikrishnan, a youth working in the Gulf. Bhagath Manuel, who played Purushu in the same film, is Usman here. Suraj Venjarammoodu, Beyon and Arun complete the group. The action sequence involving the five is the one that is being shot now.

“Harikrishnan and his friends are travelling to Pala. He has a package from the Gulf, which he is supposed to give to another person. However, something unexpected happens during their journey,” says Nivin.

The group is excited about their action scenes in the movie. They add that working with action director Rajasekhar is gruelling as he wants realistic stunts.

Bhagath says that his character Usman, “is a hot- headed youth whose immature behaviour brings trouble for everyone. ” Just as the five go for the next shot, the rain interrupts the proceedings for a couple of minutes. As soon as it stops, the crew is ready with the gear and swings into action.

‘The Metro,' produced by Dileep under the banner of Graand Productions, comes with a tagline “it could happen to you.”

Cinematographer is Sri Sreeram. Lyrics by Rajeev Alumkal have been set to music by Shaan Rahman. Still photographer is Manju Aditya.


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