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Clash of principles: ‘Samastakeralam P.O.’ has Jayaram playing a Gandhian who is not afraid to call a spade a spade.

Clash of principles: ‘Samastakeralam P.O.’ has Jayaram playing a Gandhian who is not afraid to call a spade a spade.  


‘Samastakeralam P.O.,’ with Jayaram in the lead, is an entertainer with politics as a backdrop.

Going by numbers, it was as if the entire township of Mudalakodam, in the suburbs of Thodupuzha, had decided to spend their day watching the cameras roll for director Bipin Prabhakar’s ‘Samastakeralam P.O.’

Cinematographer Rajaratnam is busy taking care of a beehive of activities that is going on around for the perfect angles and light. The shoot for the day is at a traditional-looking house at Mudalakodam.

The film has Jayaram in the lead; Priyanka (of ‘Veyil’ fame) and new comer Sera play the female leads.

Perils of idealism

Says K. Gireeshkumar, the film’s scenarist who penned the script of ‘Veruthe Oru Bharya,’ Jayaram’s comeback film in Malayalam: “‘Samastakeralam P.O.’ is a family entertainer. It revolves around an idealistic member of Thonnoorkkara Grama Panchayat named Prabhakaran (Jayaram). He is a Gandhian with no political leanings who questions the wrongs of both the ruling and the opposition parties in his own individualistic way. He lives with his mother at his uncle’s house.

“The film begins with an election and ends with one. How he copes with various difficultuies, on both the social and personal fronts, forms the crux of the story. Politics is just a backdrop.”

Jayaram is enthused about the role in the movie. “Prabhakaran is not a conventional politician. He is an idealist who runs a small time book stall for a living and tries to be a good representative of the people.” Remind him about his college days when he was active in student politics and Jayaram laughs: “It was to get attention, as I studied in a mixed college. I was never really in it for ideological reasons.”

According to director Bipin, director of ‘Khaki’ and ‘One Way Ticket,’ the movie’s storyline is plausible. “It is a story that can happen anywhere in Kerala and hence the significance of the title, ‘Samastakeralam P.O.’”

Explaining the shot that is being canned for the day, Bipin says: “We are shooting the scene where Prabhakaran is forced to move out of his uncle’s house as his uncle Ramakrishnan (P. Sukumar) has returned from Mumbai.”

Priyanka plays Radha, an orphan who has been raised by the family, while Sera plays Ranjini, Ramakrishnan’s daughter.

Janardhanan, Innocent, Jagathy Sreekumar, Salimkumar, Suraj Venjarammoodu, Kunjan and Chitra Shenoy are some of the other actors in the film. ‘Samastakeralam P.O.’ is being made under the banner of Dream Team productions and will hit theatres in January, next year. M. Jayachandran has scored the music for Sarat Vayalar’s lines. Still photography is by Mohan Surabhi.

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