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For the past couple of days now actor Jayasurya’s phone has been ringing off the hook, with people from the film fraternity, friends, and well-wishers calling to congratulate him on his performance in Madhav Ramadasan’s Apothecary. Even when you finally get him on the phone, the garrulous actor who usually comes across as very composed sounds rather emotional. No wonder, he’s just delivered what many are calling the performance of his career, in the film.

Says Jayasurya: “Every movie release is like an examination. If you sit for an exam, you’ve got to face the results. Because I take my job very seriously, and especially since I went through a whole lot of physical pain and strain for Apothecary, I was tense. Thankfully, all that hard work has paid off. People are calling the role a masterpiece! Wow. For the first time ever, I can’t find the words to express my happiness.”

Apothecary delves into the ills in the medical profession and Jayasurya plays the role of a cancer patient, Subin Joseph. Subin finds a sort of saviour in neurosurgeon Dr. Vijay Nambiar (Suresh Gopi). Asif Ali as fellow patient Prathapan, Abhirami as gynaecologist Dr. Nalini, wife of Dr. Vijay, and Meera Nandan as Daisy, Subin’s love, also play important roles in the movie.

“It’s a genuine movie with a social message. There’s an international scope to the film, but it has been communicated in a very simple manner. It’s such a big theme that the film could have really gone any way. Hats off to Madhav ettan for reining it in and making such a brilliant, subtle film,” adds Jayasurya, who lost more than 12kg over a couple of months, to get into the skin of the character. “The role demanded that I alter my appearance. Subin has been battling cancer for more than a year. He needed to look unhealthy – make-up can do only so much. And that’s why I went on a crash diet of no sugar, salt and water,” explains the actor.

That’s coming from someone who has already had the opportunity to play a cancer patient (in Four Friends), without feeling the need to change his appearance. It just goes to show you how the awkward youngster, who made his entry into Mollywood with Oomapenninu Uriyadappayyan, has evolved as an actor with depth. Indeed, in most of his movies of late – Philips And The Monkey Pen, Punyalan Agarbathis, Happy Journey and the like – the actor has gone out of his way to test the limits of his histrionic skills. “I am ready to take any risk for the benefit of a character. Acting is my job and all the difficulties and challenges are only part of it as far as I am concerned. I have been consciously looking for roles and films, which give me creative satisfaction too,” he says.

In all likelihood, we’ll get to see more of Jayasurya’s histrionic skills in the coming months, given the “exciting” projects he has lined up. There’s Amal Neerad’s Iyobinte Pusthakam, in which he plays the role of the mysterious Angur Rawther, debutant director Rejishh Midhila’s Lal Bahadur Shastri, where he dons the role of a noble villager, the title role in Akku Akbar’s Mathayi Kuzhappakkaaranalla, opposite Bhamaa, and of course, Priyadarsan’s Aamayum Muyalum, which goes on the floor on September 1.

“I am really looking forward to working with Priyan sir. It’s a dream come true, especially because this is the first time that Priyan sir is banking on an actor from my generation in a lead role. I feel incredibly privileged that he chose me. It’s a sort of an ageless movie of the likes of Thenmavin Kombathu.”

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