New themes, newer techniques of storytelling and fresh faces has begun to rewrite the success mantra of Malayalam cinema and it’s needless to say that upcoming flick Crocodile Love Story is also following suit. Debutant Anoop Ramesh is calling the shots for this seemingly complicated love affair of a pretty girl and a fat man. Tournament fame Praveen Prem will don the lead role in the movie with former Miss Malabar Avantika Mohan.
Telling more about the romantic comedy, the first-time hero says, “I was quite excited when the crew asked me to play the lead. The story evolved from a very casual talk between the three of us, Anoop, myself and Sabari [script writer].” Praveen is presently hosting the cookery show Pacchamulaku in Mediaone channel.
And is this a normal love story? “The highlight of Crocodile Love Story is its unique treatment. Breaking all the conventions of a chocolate hero, here I am with a pretty girl who is madly in love with me,” chuckles Praveen.
The story unfurls when the central character Kiran [played by Praveen] gets to meet Nithya very accidentally whilst the two were trying to clear a paper they failed. “It was love at first sight for the two. Kiran, the son of a retired Government employee, is an unemployed young man whose life has not reached anywhere even after completing his B Tech degree. Nithya hails from a prosperous family. Naturally it is difficult for a girl’s family to welcome an alliance with an unemployed and obese boy,” says Praveen.
The story takes an unexpected twist when Nithya decides to leave her home when the family begins to exert pressures on her for marriage. “Both the lovers run off to a distant place and at this juncture a crocodile attacks them.”
Praveen Prem, who has played several humourous bits in Kadha Thudarunnu and Snehaveedu says he enjoys being a second hero always.
“Being in the lead cast may increase your popularity and fame. But it’s too risky. If one movie pushes you out of stardom, then the future is unpredictable. A second hero may not be too popular. But if you have an exclusive beat, be it a villain or a comedian, then chances are more for you to stay safe,” says Praveen.
The movie also marks the re-entry of yesteryear actors Premkumar and Presita along with Asokan and Manikuttan. Produced by Anurag motion pictures, the music and background score is composed by Arun Sidharth. The movie will hit theatres this Friday.