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FULL OF PRAISE: Director Sasi Paravoor, Nedumudi Venu and music director M. Jayachandran at a press conference in the capital on Sunday. Photo: S. Gopakumar
FULL OF PRAISE: Director Sasi Paravoor, Nedumudi Venu and music director M. Jayachandran at a press conference in the capital on Sunday. Photo: S. Gopakumar

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: `Nottam' is a hundred per cent Malayalam movie, noted actor Nedumudi Venu, who played the lead role in the film, has said.

He was participating in a meet-the-press programme at the Press Club, here, along with the film's director Sasi Pravaoor and its music director M. Jayachandran.

"I am saying that this is a Malayalam movie not because the characters speak in Malayalam to each other. This is a truly Malayalam movie on account of its music, its picturisation and so on. This is also a movie filled with the goodness of friendship, of relationships, of our countryside... " Mr. Venu said. This film showed the world that Kerala has the oldest of drama traditions, he added.

"Those intimate with the nuances of Koodiyattom have not pointed out any defects in

presentation of the art form in the film. That is the real measure of success. It is easy to perform some art form and get away with it in front of the common man," Mr. Venu explained.

Mr. Venu's acting prowess displayed in this film, based on Koodiyattom, contributed a lot to the making of its music and songs, Mr. Jayachandran said.

Taking the `mizhavu' inside a studio and using it in tandem with other musical instrument by imparting to it "the grammar of cinema" was pleasurable but painstaking. The director has done research for four years before making this movie, he pointed out.According to Mr. Sasi everyone who has seen the movie were all praise about performances of Mr. Venu and Mr. Sreekumar in the movie. "However, after the movie was ready I was told by the distributors that it will not run. Then there was this problem of getting the glue to stick the posters. Eventually I got the glue and stuck posters for my movie," he said.

"The encouragement received from those who have seen `Nottam' has led me to decide to continue making movie on themes with a difference," Mr. Sasi added.

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