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Focus As Vettu Vishnu in Ee Adutha Kalathu Indrajit has virtually cemented his place in Mollywood

Happy days are here Indrajit's plate is full and Vettu Vishnu of 'Ee Adutha Kaalathu' is on a roll Photo: K.K.Mustafah
Happy days are here Indrajit's plate is full and Vettu Vishnu of 'Ee Adutha Kaalathu' is on a roll Photo: K.K.Mustafah

From the kid's role in Padayani , produced by his father, the late Sukumaran, Indrajit has travelled along different paths, smooth and rough, but ended up 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.

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“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 this 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 Shaji Kailas's Baba Kalyani , and Lal Jose's Classmates ... followed.

Family man

“I loved my role in Nayakan but it did not reach the audience,” he says ruefully. “I would love to work with Sathyan Anthikad 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 Churatta 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.

Prema Manmadhan

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