I can work only on one script at a time, says Vineeth Sreenivasan

July 04, 2019 05:00 pm | Updated 05:00 pm IST - Thiruvananthapuram

Vineeth Sreenivasan

Vineeth Sreenivasan

Vineeth Sreenivasan is a man of many interests. Besides making a mark as a popular singer, he is a successful filmmaker, scenarist, producer and actor. Though known as a man of few words, Vineeth has been quite exuberant on screen as seen in a recent trailer of Thanneermathan Dinangal .

Vineeth says he is looking forward to donning the director’s hat again after completing his ongoing assignments as an actor. Edited excerpts from an interview with FridayReview ...

You seem to be enjoying your role as an actor now.

Though I had appeared in a few movies earlier, it was after seeing my own performance in Om Shanthi Oshana that I started feeling confident as an actor. Ormayundo Ee Mukham was the first film I acted in after some preparations like learning my dialogues by heart and shedding some weight. Since then, I have been more at ease as an actor.

What are your roles in Girish AD’s ‘Thanneermathan Dinangal’ and Anvar Sadik’s Manoharam ?

As the trailer of Thanneermathan Dinangal reveals, the character of Ravi Padmanabhan that I play is a quirky school teacher. My role in Manoharam has been presented in an entirely different mood. He is an artist who finds it difficult to adapt to the changing times.

Your characters in movies such as ‘Kunjiramayanam’ , Aravindante Athidhikal’ and now ‘ Thanneermathan Dinangal’ are lively guys...

It is the result of the vibes on those sets. Otherwise, I hide myself from all attention and I have been like that all along. During Kunjiramayanam, the whole set used to dance to peppy Tamil numbers before the shooting started each day. Many members of the cast and crew of Thanneermathan Dinangal are in their early twenties. Some of them were gushing about how much they enjoyed my Thattathin Marayathu during their school days, which made me feel like a veteran there. So the energy should be from these young talents.

How about acting as the lead in a film you direct?

I can’t handle it. We had planned Jacobinte Swargarajyam as a small-budget movie with me playing the role that was eventually done by Nivin Pauly. I am so happy things happened the way it had.

There is a gradual shift in the themes you have taken up.Does the attitude of a filmmaker change with age?

I never planned it that way. Most writers work on multiple scripts but I can’t do that. Though I may have many story ideas, I take time in moulding them and I can work only on one script at a time.

Describe your process of hitting upon a story idea and developing it into a script...

Once I have decided on a particular storyline, I start travelling with it. Then I get into a parallel world where I have the characters all around me.

I interact with them and watch them all the time. Currently, I am working on a script that I plan to direct next year. I have been working on that plot for the past three years.

You are a singer, producer, actor, scenarist and director. How do you prioritise your roles?

I only think about the movies that I am directing. While doing the rest of the work, I just listen to those who are leading it. Since I have worked mostly with my friends, things have been fine so far.

Vineeth Sreenivasan in a still from ‘Thanneermathan Dinangal’

Vineeth Sreenivasan in a still from ‘Thanneermathan Dinangal’

Does failure affect you?

When my films don’t have a good run, I get affected. I can’t get over the disappointment for at least a week.

Do you discuss your movies with your father [scenarist and actor Sreenivasan]?

I have discussed most of my scripts with him. It is my dream to make a movie with him playing the central character.

Is there any film of your father’s that you go back to for reference?

I regularly watch his movies such as Sandesham , SanmanassullavarkkuSamadhanam and T P Balagopalan MA. Some of them showcase the charm of those times and the lifestyle in those days. The way he has conceived certain scenes is so powerful. They are like textbooks for a writer.

Your brother, Dhyan, is turning director with Love Action Drama. Did you have a sneak peek into his work?

I loved his script and had great fun reading it. I have seen only those parts while doing the dubbing for my part and am eagerly awaiting its release.

Which will be your next film as a director?

Besides the current projects as an actor, there’s another announcement to come, which I can’t reveal now. I am associating with Mathukkutty’s forthcoming project, Kunjeldho, as a creative director. Then I plan to start working on my directorial venture.

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