In town to shoot for a movie on the endosulfan tragedy, it was fitting that National Award winning actor Suraj Venjaramoodu visit Government Higher Secondary School here on Monday.
The actor was bowled over by the splendid performances of a few visually challenged students who were allegedly victims of the spraying of endosulfan in the district.
Mr. Venjaramoodu was here for the shooting of ‘Valiya Chirakulla Pakshi,’ directed by Biju Paravath, which has the endosulfan issue as its central theme.
It was during a courtesy visit to District Collector P.S. Muhammed Sagir, who is also the ex-officio chairman of the district-level endosulfan victims’ rehabilitation cell, earlier in the day that the actor was urged by Mr. Sagir to visit the school to meet K. Dileep, a blind endosulfan victim, who stood first in the mimicry event at the State School Arts Festival in Palakkad last year.
The actor was impressed by Dileep, a class 10 student of the school, who repeated his performances of the arts fete, including the jarring sound of helicopters spraying endosuflan in the State-owned cashew plantations in the district and the voice of T.N. Gopakumar, anchor of a show on a television channel.
K.P. Mani, another blind student who secured distinction in all subjects in the recent Plus Two examinations, also displayed his talents as a mimic.
Devi Kiran, yet another visually challenged class 10 student, rendered classical music. Mr. Venjaramoodu, in turn, wowed the students and the teachers by mimicking the voices of Malayalam actors Mammootty, Mohanlal, and Bindu Krishna and SNDP general secretary Vellappally Natesan.
School headmistress M.B. Anitha Bhai welcomed the actor at the school.
Visually challenged students’ performances impress actor.