At the heart of the film ‘Manikkakkallu' is the story of how a teacher's influence on a student can, in turn, have its impact on a family and on society at large, actor and the film's hero Prithviraj has said.
He was speaking at a press conference at the Press Club, here, on Tuesday.
The film's director (Mohan) first told Prithviraj its story - a full screenplay no less - about two years ago. “I told him that it may take more than a year for me to do the film because of my other commitments. The director told me that he did not mind how long it takes. If only other directors had this commitment we can avoid bad cinemas,” he said.
The teacher and the student in the movie are symbolic of a special relationship between teachers and students. Prithviraj recalled how, when he was at school, he was inspired by a teacher-figure, a journalist working for a publication in English. Prithviraj had written an article which found space in the publication concerned.
The journalist visited him and asked whether he was interested in writing further. “I asked him whether I can get Rs.2,000 for my article. The journalist replied that maybe I would get Rs.500. I wrote one or two articles which were published. I promptly got my payment.”
Later, Prithviraj continued, out of sheer lethargy he stopped writing. Only much later, did he realise that the publication had not made any payment for his articles. It was the journalist himself who had paid Prithviraj.
Prithviraj said he had kept his love affair a secret and his marriage a private affair because he was one who valued his privacy a lot. “I did not want my marriage to be a media event,” he added.
The film's director Mohan, actor Samvritha Sunil, and producer Gireesh Lal were present.