Tovino and Kani Kusruti in the next film Vazhakku of Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

The preference for making films with limited budgets during the epidemic and the rise of alternative release platforms suggest that actors are eyeing them for doing more work in films outside the comfort zone of commercial entertainers. Acclaimed director and indie filmmaker, Sanil Kumar Sasidharan’s next, Tovino Thomas, and this year state award winner Kani Kusruti will play the lead roles.

Talking about the film, which went on floors on Saturday, the sexy filmmaker Durga and Ozhivudivasathe Kali told us, “This is a socially relevant subject in the contemporary era. Tovino, Kani, and Sudev Nair play the central characters in the film With Chandru Selvaraj as the cinematographer. “

On how challenging the epidemic ban would be for the team, Sanal says, “My earlier films also had limited crew and resources and were shot in a constrained environment. Therefore, the situation is not new to us. “Rani and Perumbavoor are the main locations of the film yet to be titled.

Ask the director how much acting in films helps the film reach and he says, “I have always made films that I have been interested in, even though (my previous film) Kayanat has Manju Warrier, this is my Made in style. Filmmaking with limited resources.

The upcoming film will also follow the same. Artistic cinema has a niche audience that does not grow rapidly simply because such films have stars. It may have increased by 10% but this is what we understood with Chola. When popular artists are part of artistic films, few more people will watch the film and only a small percentage will add this niche audience among them. This is what we are trying to do. “

Has the emergence of OTT platforms and epidemic restrictions affected actors to be part of such films? “We have a lot of talented actors who were always interested in working in independent films,” says Sanal.

“I know of many actors including Joju George, Nimisha Sajayan, Manju, and Tovino who wanted to be with me even before the epidemic. Therefore, it is not new from their side. Maybe they now have more time to do these kinds of films.

In the aftermath of the epidemic, people hesitate to produce films that require heavy investment and so it frees up the actors’ schedule to work with the people they want and can choose topics in which They are interested. Earlier, actors wanted to do four or five films in a year. There will be no time to do anything else.