hi everyone, how have u all been doing.. it’s been really really long since i blogged.. i feel like i have lost the hold on my language.. words are not coming that easily as it used to.. but i am smiling when i am writing this.. it feels like home to be here.. it’s not like regular social networking.. this blog has built a beautiful two way street b/w u guys and me; sorry for not showing up for so long.. i have been running around with work for a while now.. facebooking is fast and easy and like anyone else i also resort to that quite often.. but it’s nothing like this.. there is no negativity here when i blog.. it felt like that in 2009 when i started, it feels the same even now!! i am at Dubai airport right now, returning home after a few days of stay here.. i came here for a stage show.. well that’s only the work part of it.. the actual reason i came here is something else.. i came here to speak to some people.. some people who are inspiring me to conceive my next film.. some people whom i have known like family.. i am writing my next film based on certain real life incidents of real people whom i have known quite closely for a few years now.. this might be the toughest film for me to write.. infact, i don’t even know if i ll be able to put everything on paper as beautifully as the dream i have about this film in my head.. i have written three films so far and everytime, it’s only becoming tougher.. i really really hope i do my best work this time.. Because this time, it’s more than work.. this movie involves a few people who are very close to my heart.. i know that the people who come here really do care.. u guys have told me several things through ur comments over the years which i have read and got inspired from,several times.. this time, i am asking u guys a favour.. keep me in your prayers.. i strongly believe in prayers.. and this time i am going to need a lot of them, because this film.. this story; is beyond my talent and calibre to be written.. i am going to try hard to reach there.. i hope i ll be able to.. my wishes to all u guys.. do the best for urself.. take care of ur health.. vineeth
Last day during the shoot of our new film, I was asking Jomon if we will be able to shoot my next directorial in FILM. His reply was saddening. He said film laboratories are expected to close down completely by 2015.
Like everyone else, I also grew up watching movies shot in film. It’s actually the magical depth of film that pulled me into this world of movies. So far, all the films I have directed have been shot in film format. It rips my heart to know that I won’t have that opportunity anymore. So many things from my childhood have been washed away by digital technology. Audio Cassettes, VHS tapes, Music World and now this. So many things that I have always loved is slowly becoming my past. I am praying to god to sustain the life of film in india for one more year, so that I can shoot one more movie of mine in film and then say a proper goodbye. Atleast that!!
sorry, i have been away for a long time from here. like so many others, i have been writing and communicating through facebook all these days. but i have realised one thing. what this blog did for me, facebook never can. i believe, i used to have genuine conversations with people here. I understood what they felt about my work and honestly, it has helped me to try and improve. Facebook is easy, convenient and much faster to share everything that needs to be shared. But it’s totally a public space. This is home. I think i took time to realise it.
So, here i am. Back again. I’ ll write more often hereafter. I have my next directorial film in my head now. Actually it’s in my heart. My head can wait. Because this one, i am not going to write soon. I want it to grow in my heart before i start using my head to write it. When i close my eyes, i can visualise so many scattered parts of it, including the very end of the film. Right now, what my heart holds, is making me smile. This story is honest, genuine and very close to my heart. I want this movie to be my best. So, i ll just let it grow inside!!!
hope u guys have all been doing great :-)
this film is really important for me and my team.. will give it, our best.. i am not going to write anything more.. i don’t think i can.. pray for us guys.. take care u all..
A couple of months back, I was narrating Thira to one of my fav actress in malayalam cinema.. In the middle of my narration, she suddenly asked me something.. “Vineeth, this is how kids love, story telling these days right?” then I told her “Ma ‘am, this is how I love, story telling these days.” Then she smiled and said, “yeah, that’s what I said.” Once I finished the narration, she told me, “I would love to do this film.” It was coming from a two times National Award winner. The moment she said that, a dream became a project..
As people had speculated earlier, Shobhana Ma’am is the lead protagonist of my film. My brother Dhyan is debuting as the male lead. Rest of the actors are mostly from outside kerala, as the story happens in Karnataka and Goa. The only actor from my previous film will be Deepak Parambol. Thira is produced by Manoj Menon under the banner ReelsMagic and it’ll be distributed by LJ Films.
My off screen crew is almost the same.. Screenplay for this film is done by my cousin brother Rakesh Mantodi. It’s his first film as a writer.. Shaan, Jomon and the rest of my friends are all there in this one also.. The team is slowly coming together.. We will work on the pre- production for a couple of months and then start the shoot..
Most of the news about Thira has already come out.. But there is something that has not come out through any source.
Thira is not one film. It’s a trilogy. If everything goes well by god’s grace, Part 1 will be releasing in 2013. Part 2 and Part 3 will follow….
I am stepping into my fav genre of all time – THRILLER!! Attempting this film is gonna be my career’s biggest challenge I have taken so far. I hope I do justice to myself. To me name of the movie is simple but profound. Just how I would want the movie to be. THIRA!!
P.S: I have not given the cast and crew details because certain things need to be sorted. Will give the details asap.
From my room I came down to the business centre at “The Jewel” hotel in New York City,feeling an urge to write.But after coming down, my urge is overpowered by hunger. So this won’t take long.. After marriage I am getting used to eating every meal on time…Thanks to Divya,who is desperately trying to make me a better person; kudos to that.
2012 has been an year of achievement for me.I am not talking about Thattathin Marayathu..I promised a girl I would marry her,when I was 19.. And I did..I consider that an achievement.. About Thattathin Marayathu, I should say I got lucky this time also. When you are making a film it is easy to go wrong on judgements, but thankfully it didn’t happen with TM.. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future.. When I was ignorant I had the confidence to do Malarvaadi.. The same would apply for TM also,but for TM my learnings from Malarvaadi has helped to a large extent. Now, there is one part of my head where my passion for films is being catapult to another level and the other part is constantly questioning my abilities as a film maker..Dwelling more and more into various aspects of film making, I am confused more and more.. But then, there is this little crazy part of my head and a humongous portion of my heart pushing me everyday to do what I always wanted to do..
In 2013, I want to be a better person.. I want to make a substantial film.. I want to work with some great talents.. I want to read more.. I want to travel more.. I want to see my family and friends happy.. More than all this, I want to be in a better India, as all you guys wish..
It’s going to be a better year for all of us..