Interview With : Nithin Renji Panicker, Film director on his directorial debut Kasaba
Updated on: 30 Jun 2016
Nithin Renji Panicker on his directorial debut Kasaba, cinema, and being his father's son.
Come Id and it is time for another 'sonrise'. Actor-scriptwriter and director Renji Panicker's son Nithin Renji Panicker makes his directorial debut with Mammootty-starrer Kasaba, a film in which Mammootty appears in a cop role after a while. The cast includes Siddique, Jagadish, actor Sarath Kumar's daughter Varalakshmi, Siddique's son Shahin, Alencier, Irshad and others. If the response to the trailer is anything to go by, the newcomer has a blockbuster on his hands. For the commerce graduate and management postgraduate, films have always been a draw. There may be the baggage of expectation, he doesn't show it; the pre-release jitters too seem to be missing. The 28-year-old carries himself with cool, collected confidence. He rallies questions with the ease of a seasoned veteran. Nithin has scripted the film as well as per his father's advise. "When I told him I want to direct a film, he suggested I script it. This is my solo project, with no interference from my father. I showed my father the script and he made suggestions that I incorporated; his experience would only help me and the film. This is my own film." At every step, he asserts his independence, carving out a space for himself. Excerpts from a chat:
The obvious question – your father's influence on your work.
While growing up, my father's films were among those I saw. But when it comes to my film, I have tried to be 'uninfluenced', keeping out the obvious elements of his style.
The lengthy dialogues that his films, for instance, are known for, are not in my film. My vocabulary is not so vast. The dialogues in Kasaba are short, very different from my father's pattern. But of course, I am influenced by him in the sense that he is my father.
So is Kasaba anything like your father's brand of films? His films, in their time, were a rage. It is a cop in the lead role.