Those who watched ‘Super Sharanya’ are unlikely to forget Arun sir. That school professor who falls helplessly in love with his student and struggles to hide it was presented with endearing humour by actor Vineeth Vishwam. The actor who is from Trissur (Venkidangu Ullanattu Chembuzha house) is enjoying his tryst with cinema. He is also relishing writing scripts.
‘Super Sharanya’ was a breakthrough for me. Though I have acted in quite a few films, it is only after ‘Super Sharanya’ that I am finally getting recognised by people. These days if I visit shops, there are kids who ask me if I am the same Arun sir who acted in ‘Super Sharanya.’ “We weren’t aware that you lived here,” they would tell me. And I have been in the cinema since 2014. The shooting was mostly at Thrissur Engineering college. There is a special joy when the shooting is in your hometown. It was like going to college every morning and returning home in the evening.
Arun sir’s character
Arun sir is actually very naïve. People were laughing at the way he was trying to get the attention of Sharanya, played by Anaswara Rajan. I am a Btech graduate and was keen on being a teacher back then. It became a reality with ‘Super Sharanya.’ I have tried to incorporate the mannerisms of some of my teachers in college.
How I came to cinema
Right from childhood, I was also interested in cinema and acting. When I worked as an Engineer in Qatar, I felt suffocated, and I would find peace by reading movie interviews and watching films. When I got an invitation to be the assistant director of ‘Jalebi’, I quit my job and came home.
I have worked as an assistant director in films like ‘Jalebi’, ‘Pretham’, ‘Ramante Eden Thottam’ and ‘Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam’. In all these films I have also done small roles. In ‘Angamaly Diaries’ (2017) I got an interesting role. Since then I have acted in ‘Aanum Pennum’, ‘Mandaram’, ‘Abhasam’, ‘Ajagajantharam’ and ‘Thannermathan Dinangal.’
I co-wrote the script of ‘Ajagajantharam’ with Kichu Tellis. It is a merry film filled with elephants, temple festivals, and fights. But it was quite a task to shoot those action sequences in the film. The success of the film is a result of teamwork. Most of the crew were also part of ‘Angamaly Diaries.’ I think I have finally found my calling—cinema and writing scripts. I couldn’t be happier.