CHAT As Vettu Vishnu in ‘Ee Adutha Kalathu' Indrajit has virtually cemented his place in Malayalam cinema. PREMA MANMADHAN traces the growth and evolution of this actor
From the kid's role in ‘Padayani', produced by his father, the late Sukumaran, Indrajit has travelled along different paths, smooth and rough, but is now right on the same road taken by his father. With the dimple in his chin always proclaiming his parentage, Indrajit is climbing slowly, step by step, in his career, ambition never treading over manners and humaneness.
“People have to see you again and again and you have to prove yourself again and again till they accept you,” Indrajit analyses, as his role of Vettu Vishnu in ‘Ee Adutha Kalathu,' just released, is being lapped up by the public and the critics.
That this actor has never been typed is a privilege that came his way. The dreaded Inspector Eappen Pappachi of ‘Meesha Madhavan,' with shades of villainy and humour, and the romantic Dr. Arun of ‘Mizhi Randilum' could graduate to the difficult personality that is Vettu Vishnu, in ‘Ee Adutha Kalathu'. This is the result of hard work and confidence in himself. “This is my favourite role so far because though I have done many interesting roles, Vettu Vishnu has been accepted by the public and I am really happy about that,” says Indrajit, sitting in his caravan during the shooting of ‘Husbands in Goa', directed by Saji Surendran.
Indrajit is equally excited about the lead role of Rudran Gurukkal in the V. K. Prakash-directed movie, ‘Karmayogi' that is being released soon. It's one plum role that will make his stock rise.
“I am also playing the lead in the MT-Hariharan project that is coming up,” he says, happily, almost conscious of the fact that he has indeed arrived! And in Amal Neerad's ‘Bachelor Party' too, he plays a significant role.
The ‘Waiting Room' in Hindi, ‘Before the Rains' (English) and ‘Kavya's Diary' (Telugu) form part of his oeuvre.
The Sainik School product loves to sing but he says he does not have the required training. Yet he has sung the title song of ‘Nayakan', in ‘Mullavalliyum Thenmavum', ‘Chekavar' and in ‘Happy Husbands'. What about his dancing skills? He looks at you straight in the eye and says, “I'll prove it”!
It was in Vinayan's ‘Oomapenninu Uriyada Payyan' that he entered the silver screen as an adult actor. Anwar Rasheed's ‘Chotta Mumbai' and Shaji Kailas's ‘Baba Kalyani', Lal Jose's ‘Classmates'.
“I loved my role in ‘Nayakan' but it did not reach the audience,” he says ruefully. “I would love to work with Sathyan Anthikkad and I hope I will get a chance soon,” he talks of his wish list.
Poornima Mohan, his wife is truly the woman behind his success, he agrees. She is also pursuing her career, but without treading on any toes, intelligently, doing serials, talk shows, compering and the like. With daughters Prarthana and Nakshatra, Indrajit is a family man.
It's difficult being part of a totally filmy family and worse still if you are sharing space with your kid brother.
But Indrajit seems to have gracefully balanced his part well, both in the family and the industry. There are a few other projects too like 'Mullamottum Munthiricharum', in which he plays a character called Churutta Jose.
“And then there is 'Akashathinte Niram'….” He lists them, even as he is called for his next shot, but does not show that he is hard pressed for time.