Peter Sajan on his film ‘Oru Kadathanadan Kadha’

The editor-turned-director's first film is about the carriers involved in the transport of foreign currency, illegally

Oru Kadathanadam Kadha, says director Peter Sajan, is inspired from something we read very often in newspapers. Of carriers involved in the transport of foreign currency, illegally. “Behind each news report of an arrest, there is a person and there is the story of how they got sucked into it,” says the 40 year-old director who makes his debut with film. Shaheen Siddique, son of actor Siddhique, makes his debut as lead in the film, which releases today.

Sajan is an editor, who has edited a bunch of short films, and has assisted (as editor) on films such as Zakariyayudey Garbhinikal and Kumbasaaram, besides a few short films. “I am self-taught, everything I know of editing I learnt on my own. I couldn’t learn it formally, whatever I did it was by watching others work,” he says. This film has taken close to a year, from scripting to release, but he is happy that he has been able to make a go of his cinema dream.

Shaheen essays the lead role of an engineering graduate who, in desperate need of money for his ailing mother’s treatment, is drawn into a world of crime. The topic, he confesses, could get a tad heavy and serious. He therefore introduced a dash of humour, “Something that would gel with the trajectory of the story – Shaheen’s character is serious, everybody else doesn’t have to have the same sombre mood. There is suspense and humour.” Salim Kumar, Prasanna, Bijukuttan, Noby who bring in the humour quotient appear in significant roles. Pradeep Rawat also appears in the film.

Peter Sajan on his film ‘Oru Kadathanadan Kadha’

The screenplay and dialogue are by Sajan and friend, Madhav; he is the editor. He says being editor helped him as director immensely. “While directing, I would think from the perspective of an editor. I firmly believe that a film gets made on the editing table. So I knew what to get from each actor and how much. I would film parts that I was sure I could use in the final edit.” On the table the film took a new shape, different from what the other technicians expected.

He embarked on his cinema journey with the support of his wife, Anila, who pushed him to chase his dream. Interested in films and animation, he wished to learn animation but his family didn’t think it would guarantee a job. “My father is a fisher, my family wanted me to do something that would bring an income. Hence they were not very supportive of what I wanted,” Sajan says. Having studied up to Class X, he was driving an autorickshaw when he got married.

“She came to know, through some friends, what I wanted to do. And encouraged me, she sold her bangles and told me enrol for that animation course. Those days were tough, I’d drive the auto and also attend classes. For two years I did that.” Today, he says, he has his own editing studio where he does his work.

Sajan had this story in his mind for a while, mentally structuring and restructuring it, before he shared it with a friend who liked it. He told Sajan that he could get a producer to bankroll it. “This film came to because of the help and support of my circle of friends who have been with me!”

The cinematographer is Joseph C Mathew, music by Alphonse Joseph, lyrics by Hari Narayanan and Joffy Tharakan, costumes by Sameera Saneesh, action (stunts) Rambo Stanley and produced by Neeranajanam Cinemas.

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