In 2010 sept, when I was reading a short story written by M.J.Akbar, the second page of the short story hooked me on a thought which started following me eversince then. I wanted to do a love story for my second film and the characters Vinod and Aisha caught their places in my mind. When I went to Prague[I think in nov 2010], I carried them along with me. Before even finishing the scene order of the screenplay, I wrote the first scene there. It is scene no: 19 of my final draft where Vinod is proposing to Aisha. When I wrote it, i felt his state of mind,i felt his breath, i visualized aisha trembling with fear. 16 months later, I actually saw whatever I felt back then. Nivin was Vinod, Isha was Aisha and I was making the film I had carried for a long time – “Thattathin Marayathu”.
Mind blowing trip is what I had when I was making this film. I had a cinematographer who stood by me like my right hand, Jomon T John, who gave me his infinite support to do everything possible to spread romance in every frame. I had the best crew ever working with me. We had our back ground scores ready before shooting certain pivotal scenes. We shot a handful of songs without a dance master, we shot struggles and fights without a stunt director. We shot through the length and breadth of thalassery trying to capture the essence of this beautiful small town. We all really had a blast.
I wouldn’t want to say too much this time. It’s post production now and I still have not seen what I ve shot. I don’t know if I ve shot it well or not. I don’t know if my instincts would be right or wrong. But one thing is for sure. A lot of heart has been put into this film. If it shows onscreen, we all will have a great time. I am hoping and praying for that.