Mass and Mammooty combination has been the USP of Ajay Vasudev’s films. However, both these elements are missing in his new movie ‘Pakalum Pathiravum’. It is a different film altogether.
The movie starring Kunchacko Boban, Rejisha Vijayan, and Guru Somasundaram is to hit the theatres on March 3. Director Ajay himself says it can be called a family thriller.
Ajay Vasudev talks to Manorama…
What is ‘Pakalum Pathiravum’?
It is a movie entirely different from what I have worked on so far. The story and the matter presented in it are important. The movie has been made as an entertainer. Nevertheless, the regular ‘mass, masala’ elements are less in it.
I landed up in Nishad Koya’s script. Immediately, after reading the script, I realised that it is not a film in my usual pattern. But, I was drawn into it for the novelty of the script and the significance of the matter it deals with.
Any precautions while straying from the usual pattern of making?
I had slight confusion about how to make this film. I won’t be able to completely forego my ideas and likes and then make a film. So, a few changes were made to the script by doing justice to the topic. The movie has been made in such a way that it can be called a ‘family thriller’. There would be action sequences and fight scenes in this too. It would appeal to the family audience.
When you make a film without casting Mammootty?
It is my biggest luck that I could cast Mammootty in my first three movies. He has not acted in this film though. We have included a few things to excite Mammooty fans in this movie. They would not be disappointed.
Why do you love ‘mass’ movies so much?
My admiration, at a young age, for the films made by Joshy, Shaji Kailas and such directors brought me into the film industry. I like to do films that would be watched by most people. The audience should applaud and leave the theatre.
Mass films face a lot of criticism these days, right?
Such criticisms were there in the olden days too. Just that it did not get so much popularity as there were no social media then. Criticisms will continue even tomorrow. I believe, mass films will keep moving forward getting past all such criticisms.