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I am bad at promoting myself: Deepak Parambol

Deepak Parambol with Anaswara Ponnambath in a still from ‘Ormayil Oru Shishiram’   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

“One of the best memories was that makeover to my teens.” Deepak Parambol had posted this on his Facebook page while sharing a still from his upcoming movie, Ormayil Oru Shishiram. In the film, directed by debutant Vivek Aryan, he plays two phases of the central character, Nithin Mohan — as a Plus One student and his older version.

“I was taken aback when the role came to me. I am 30! Yet when I sent across a photograph of my clean-shaven look to the production house, Maqtro Pictures, it was approved. However, I wouldn’t have taken up the film if I had to play a Plus One student throughout the movie. The character ages as the story progresses and that’s why I said yes to it,” he says.

Deepak Parambol

Deepak Parambol   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

The makeover wasn’t easy as he had to hit the gym and go on a diet to reduce his weight. “The effort was worth it because when I shared the new look among my friends from school and college, they posted photos of how I looked during my student days. There was a lot of resemblance and that was a relief!” he says.

As the tag-line says, the movie is about first love, between Nithin and Varsha, played by debutante Anaswara Ponnambath. “First love needn’t have happy endings. You have to wait and see what happens in the case of Nithin and Varsha,” he says.

What’s different about the romance in this movie? “There is nothing unique. All love stories have the same feel. This film has a lot of factors that might evoke nostalgia. Since it is set in 2005-06, the period when I did my Plus Two, it was easy for me to become the character. For example, bootcut pants was a trend then and I remember asking my father to get one for me. Landphones were used more as mobile phones weren’t prevalent then. You might come across some clichéd moments as well. But viewers won’t get bored,” he feels.

The movie also goes deep into the relationship between parents and children. “In Nithin’s case it is with his father, played by Alen chettan [Alencier Ley Lopez],” he adds.

Looking for a break

Deepak has no qualms about admitting that he wants the film to do well because he is yet to make his mark as a lead actor.

“Although I have played the protagonist in some movies, they didn’t have a good run at the box office. For some reason, these films went unnoticed and I don’t know what clicks with the audience. And there have been films that I did only for money, knowing very well that they wouldn’t click with the audience. However, I hope that people don’t judge me in this film on the basis of those failures,” he says.

When we remind him about his path-breaking role as Chandran, the ruthless and sadist husband in multiple State award-winning Ottamurivelicham, Deepak says that he wished the film and the character had reached a wider audience. “People tell me that I should have promoted myself. I am very bad at that,” he says.

Deepak Parambol with Anaswara Ponnambath in a still from ‘Ormayil Oru Shishiram’

Deepak Parambol with Anaswara Ponnambath in a still from ‘Ormayil Oru Shishiram’   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

A find from Vineeth Sreenivasan’s Malarvadi Arts Club that released nine years ago, Deepak, a native of Azhikode in Kannur, got noticed through his work in films such as Thattathin Marayathu, Thira, Kunjiramayanam and Captain. “After Captain was released, veteran footballer U Sharaf Ali, whom I essayed in the movie, called me up to say that he liked my work. That was the best compliment I could ask for,” he avers.

He firmly believes that a film has to work in totality for an artiste to get noticed. “A good director can also make the difference. Like what Basil [Joseph] did with me in Kunjiramayanam. It was different from the angry, young man in Thattathin Marayathu,” he says.

Ormayil Oru Sishiram is written by Vishnu Raj and scenarists are Shivaprasad and Appu Srinivas. Besides up-and-coming artistes such as Eldho Mathew, Sam Sibin and James Devassy, who play Deepak’s friends, the cast has Asokan, Neena Kurup, Parvathi, Irshad, Sudheer Karamana, Sreejith Ravi and Basil. Music is by Ranjin Raj. Maqtro Pictures, the production banner, had earlier produced C/O Sairabanu, Sunday Holiday and BTech.

Deepak will next be seen with Vineeth Sreenivasan in Manoharam and in Mridul Nair’s web-series, Instagraamam.

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