The great Malayalam actor Fahadh Faasil never had his plate so full before. He shot and completed two back-to-back films Irul and Joji which were released within two weeks of one another on the digital platform, and he has another film Maalik coming up in movie theatres in May.
“And there was C U Soon which was released digitally towards the beginning of the lockdown. It’s just a coincidence that so many films have come one after another,” says Fahadh, admitting it isn’t easy shooting during the lockdown.
He is bathed in encomiums for playing the Shakespearean hero in Joji. Without hesitation he admits something went wrong with Irul. “It didn’t work out the way we had planned it. So many things went wrong. I admit it didn’t turn out the way we had planned. But a section of the target audience still liked it.”
Fahadh feels the digital and threatrical platforms are not mutually inclusive. “Joji and Irul were made specially for the OTT platform. They wouldn’t have worked so well in movie theatres. My next release Maalik which is about state-border politics is designed specially for the movie theatres. I believe the OTT platform and theatre business have separate identities, separate lives.”
In fact Fahadh is planning a version C U Soon for the big screen. “It will be made on a different scale ,a much bigger canvas and it will be shot on outdoor locations. The digital version of C U Soon was shot entirely indoors.”
Fahadh who admits he follows no time-line in his real life is now all set to co-star with Kamal Haasan. “Yes it’s true I am working with him (Kamal Haasan) for the first time in a film entitled Vikram. I’ve been asked not to speak about my role or the film. But no, I am not playing the villain.”
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