Amith Chakalakkal: After seeing my castmates receive calls to narrate the script, I have prayed for that to happen to me

A miserable mechanical engineer and 34-year-old fighter - This is how an actor Amith Chakalakkal describe his academic background A bit of that could be true for the way his acting career developed until earlier this year. He had made two films in the main roles, the unprecedented Kranti and the box office Melle, and a series of supporting roles in films such as Kayamkulam Kochunni and Honey Bee 2 that did not cause the impact. However, the role of a rogue and fair priest in Vaarikkuzhiyile Kolapathakam has finally changed his fortune, with the actor now signing films such as Bibin Paul George Aaha and the next entitled Two Stroke by Roshni Dinakar.

On how his life changed after the release of the mystery thriller, Amith says: “Many people now come to me to tell stories. A year or two ago, when I used to be on the sets and saw my castmates like Balu Varghese receive calls for screenplay narratives, I used to secretly wish someone would also call me and tell me they had a story that they loved me. hear. Every opportunity I had until Vaarikkuzhiyile Kolapathakam was because I used to call people frequently, to ask for a paper.

His acting as Father Vincent Kombana He also showed filmmakers and screenwriters that I can achieve a role, he says. Now that they have faith in me, it is my responsibility to select the right roles, adds Amith, who broke into movies after her season at the reality show Mammootty The Best Actor Award.

From the scripts that he has heard since his last release, Amith has selected Yuvam, Two Stroke and Aaha, which is “special” as it will have him sharing screen space with Indrajith . “I have actually worked with Indraettan before, as a junior artiste in his film Masala Republic,” he quickly points out. “I played a cop who along with the battalion listens to a rousing speech by Indraettan’s character. I can still vividly recollect how the director gave him two sheets of paper that had the dialogues. Indraettan skimmed through that, and then brought out a gamut of emotions while saying those lines. It left all of us astonished. He’s an amazing actor. So, getting to share screen space with him and that too in a meaty role in a sports-oriented film like Aaha is special to me, ”he says.

Yuvam, meanwhile, is a youth-oriented film that has it in the lead and will begin shooting later this month. Two Story Stroke, by filmmaker Roshni, has Amith as a motorcyclist. “I used to participate in bicycle races and I also changed motorcycles. So, it's a script that I personally liked a lot, he explains.

With each of his next three characters being different, he says he hopes they will help him create his own space in the industry, which has a constant influx of newcomers. At this time, in any industry, not only in the cinema, you must establish your brand, or you will not have people to take it. Also in the entertainment industry, even if the film has newcomers, the audience checks if the director or the production poster is established; otherwise, they show no interest in watching the movie, explains Amith.

However, social networks and OTT platforms have opened new doors for newcomers, he says. “When Varikkuzhiyile Kolapathakam was recently launched on an OTT platform, many people saw it and gave me positive comments. If the movie is decent, people talk on social media and that gives the actors the mileage. There was no possibility of this happening a few years ago. So, the positive side is that there are more ways for newcomers and producers to recover their investments, ”says the actor.

While the number of projects is increasing, Amith says she has yet to reduce her work in terms of making the performance the basis of her income. “In a year, most months I am not making any movies. But I had decided that while working on movies it was my goal, to maintain that passion that would not starve. I am willing to do anything to earn money legally, either driving long-distance vehicles or exchanging for small margins. I think that today there are ways to win for your basic life and work in movies, ”he concludes.