Exclusive! Sooraj Thelakkad and Saranya Anand spill the beans by being faceless and without glamor in Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25 and Akashaganga 2
Becoming a movie star is a dream hosted by many. The stardom, fame, acceptance, love of fans and all that glamor and ostentation attached to the profession attracts many people who dream of a career in front of the camera. But for few, the passion for cinema goes beyond fame and recognition. Comedian and actor Sooraj Thelakkad, who rehearsed robot Kunjappan in ‘ Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25 ’And Saranya Anand, who played the disfigured ghost Mayuri in‘ Akashaganga 2 , I didn't think about the recognition when they signed their respective films. In a tête-à-tête with ETimes, Sooraj Thelakkad & Saranya Anand habló largo & tendido sobre sus personajes donde apenas eran reconocidos por el público.
Sooraj Thelakkad on essaying Kunjappan in ‘ Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25 ’
“You can kill me but can’t defeat me,” would be the first thing that comes to the mind of a movie lover who has watched ‘ Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25 ’. The iconic dialogue was uttered by a robot named as Kunjappan. Kunjappan’s arrival in Bhaskara Poduval's life & the following incidents formed the crux of ‘ Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25 ’. Soon after the release of the movie, the robot became the talk of the town & the audience was wondering if the robot was for real or whether there was a person in it. Sooraj Thelakkad , who has impressed the audience with his humorous roles in movies like ‘Charlie’, ‘Udaharanam Sujatha’, ‘Vimanam’, & ‘Ambili’, was the person who got into the garbs of a robot for the movie. When asked about why a popular artist like him attempted a character where nobody could even recognize, Sooraj replied, “The first thing that came to my mind was the movie had a novel story, a bunch of fine artists & an immensely talented crew. What else could be more exciting for an artist?” Getting into the garb of a robot doesn’t mean that all he had to do was stand inside the costume. From shaving off his head to reduce heat inside the robot costume to controlling his urge to drink water, Sooraj had to put in a lot of effort to play the role. From maintaining the bodyweight to carrying the costume which weighed six kilos, the actor gave his all to the film. “Why should I say no, when I am offered the titular?” Sooraj stated.
Saranya Anand on playing the disfigured ghost Ganga in ‘Akashaganga 2’
Saranya Anand essayed a revenge-seeking ghost, who was disfigured after been burnt alive in Vinayan’s directorial ‘ Akashaganga 2 ’. The audience couldn’t identify Saranya in the movie but later she made headlines for taking the bold move. “I always trust my intuitions. When director Vinayan sir called me for the role of Ganga - the ghost, I didn’t think twice,” said the actress. She went on to add, “I have watched the prequel (‘Akashaganga’) & knew that the ghost plays a pivotal role in the film.” While she has played the female lead in films like ‘Thanaha’ & ‘Laughing Apartment Near Girinagar’, Saranya decided to go almost ‘faceless’ & of glamor with ‘ Akashaganga 2 ’. Speaking about her decision the actress said, “It’s true, no girl likes to see herself in a of glamor or disfigured avatar, but I trusted the team & I see myself as a passionate actress. Rather than doing a role, getting fame & vanishing away, I would love to see myself grow like Nayanthara.” Watching Saranya’s dedication & passion for her work, director Vinayan also offered her a role in the movie other than the ghost, which she gracefully portrayed.
With lots of dreams & readiness to take risks, Sooraj Thelakkad & Saranya Anand are following their passion.