Sufiyum Sujatayum producer Vijay Babu: Finding the right actor to play Sujata was the toughest task

Sufiyum Sujatayum producer Vijay Babu: Finding the right actor to play Sujata was the toughest task

Written by Manoj Kumar R
| Bengaluru |

Up to date: July 1, 2020 8:46:58 am


Vijay Babu’s manufacturing enterprise Sufiyum Sujatayum will start streaming on Amazon Prime Video from July 3.

Producer-actor Vijay Babu’s newest film Sufiyum Sujatayum, starring Jayasurya, Aditi Rao Hydari and Dev Mohan, is about to premiere on Amazon Prime Video this Friday.

On this unique dialog with , Vijay Babu talks in regards to the rising recognition of OTT platforms, and the challenges he confronted to complete Sufiyum Sujatayum.

Excerpts from the dialog:

Beneath the present circumstances, was it simple to go the digital method for Sufiyum Sujatayum?

For me, it was not a simple choice. However, everyone knows what circumstances we’re in. We will’t ignore the fact. The fact is we’ve got no clue when theaters are going to open. Even when theaters open with all the brand new guidelines, we don’t know whether or not folks will go to them. And there are 52 films that are prepared for launch proper now. When will all these films launch? Will the hold-over sample work? What number of days will huge films run in theaters? What would the mid-size films do? For instance, Sufiyum Sujatayum is a gradual romantic thriller. It would take time to construct as much as success. When phrase of mouth begins spreading, if the film stays in theaters, it turns into successful. After the theaters are opened with lots of restrictions, solely films of superstars like Marakkar and Malik can carry folks to theaters. As a result of these are the films folks would need to watch in theaters. I went by means of lots of battle to make Sufiyum Sujatayum. The challenge was accomplished three years again. It even survived the floods. And through the lockdown, we bought this chance to point out Sufiyum Sujatayum in over 200 nations. We will’t ignore OTT platforms.

So that you went to Amazon Prime Video?

The digital rights of the film have been already offered to Amazon. And I used to be requested would I need my film to be watched by a wider viewers? For me, it was a dream come true, given the present state of affairs. There was no level in objecting to it whenever you don’t know in case your film will run in theaters for 30 days when the lockdown is lifted. As a producer, I needed two issues. Firstly, I need the returns for my funding, in order that I can produce more movies. Secondly, I need my film to be watched by a bigger viewers throughout a restricted time. No unique content material has been launched in Malayalam (in the previous few months). Persons are pissed off with different points they’re going through. So I can do one thing to assist them take their thoughts off the strain for a while.

Do you suppose this pandemic and rising recognition of OTT poses an actual risk to the existence of the theater enterprise?

The OTT platforms won’t ever be a risk to theaters. However, we will’t ignore the facility of OTT. The pandemic has helped the OTT platforms develop quicker. OTT platforms have additionally modified the best way the Malayali inhabitants take a look at leisure. Individuals residing in small cities are actually uncovered to worldwide content material as there was no different native content material out there. For a creator like me, the following huge problem is to make a film of worldwide high quality with a restricted budget. We now not can hold doing what we did earlier. We’ve got to suppose out of the field and ship revolutionary content material.

How did you discover Naranipuzha Shanavas?

I noticed his film Karie throughout a particular screening, which I attended as a chief visitor. I favored the best way he had directed the movie. On the finish of the screening, Shanavas mentioned he had a narrative, and he would love me to behave in it. I used to be speculated to play Jayasurya’s function, and any person else was speculated to play Aditi’s function. It was deemed as a really humble and uncooked film. However, I later requested Shanavas to raise the challenge somewhat. And each day this film turned larger with Aditi and (composer) Jayachandran coming in. So I went again to my inhouse star Jayasurya.

Is Jayasurya the unhealthy man of Sufiyum Sujatayum?

The hero of the film is the script. And when it comes to screenplay, the movie belongs to Sujata (Aditi Rao Hydari). Dev Mohan is available in one half and Jayasurya within the different half. Jayasurya took up this function as a result of he cherished the character. He accepted the function, regardless of his character’s restricted display screen time, as a result of it was bankrolled by Friday Movie Home. He did this film for me.

How did you zero down on Aditi Rao Hydari?

Discovering the correct actor to play Sujata was the hardest activity. For about three years, I couldn’t discover Sujata. We wanted an actor who can play Sujata at 22 and Sujata at 32. Sujata is extraordinarily stunning, and she or he is a kathak dancer. She can also be mute. We have been so confused after going by means of so many choices. Lastly, throughout an award present, I noticed Aditi’s kathak efficiency. And I noticed that she might play the half. I met her backstage and gave a short narration. She cherished it. She referred to as me quickly after she landed in Mumbai and three days later I went to Mumbai to present her a full narration. She lived as Sujata for 40 days. She even skilled in signal language for her function. I believe her efficiency shall be one of many highlights of the film.

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