HE has delivered a bunch of hits and launched the career of a string of newcomers over the years. Vinayan, who has tried his hands at all genres of cinema, is back in the cine-scene with his latest frighter flick Yakshiyum Njanum, a thriller loaded with suspense and horror.
Vinayan, a filmmaker who has proved his panache for horror- based themes tries out something out of the box this time - an eerie love story. “Yakshiyum Njanum is my third horror film. Both my previous films Akashaganga and Vellinakshatram had been blockbusters,” says Vinayan.
The storyline of Yakshiyum Njanum is a vibrant melee of suspense, horror, comedy and sentiments.
Drawing heavily from the contemporary socio-political condition, the plot tramples through the life of a youth accidentally caught up and marooned in the world of crime. The hero of the film Shyam is an engineering graduate whose domestic situations force him to take up the unlawful route. Fleeing a grimy crime scene he seeks shelter at a shady bungalow where he comes face to face with his fate - he falls desperately in love with the pretty ghost stationed there. “At one level it’s a heart-warming musical love story spiced with humour.
There is a great deal of social and moral indignation as the film chronicles what exactly makes a goon and how humans can stoop to monstrous dimensions making the yakshi more human in comparison,” he says.
The film is the launch pad for a set of newbies as they form the major part of the cast and the crew. “I am introducing five new faces, three male and two female.
All the young actors have performed well for newcomers,” he says. Gautham plays the male lead Shyam while Megha comes onscreen as the enchanting yakshi.
Ricky, Shanil, Jubin and Sariga are the others debuting.
Vinayan introduces Jubin Raj, son of the late actor Rajan P Dev as the villain. “Jubin is a storehouse of talent, an actor to look out for,” says the director. Thilakan appears in a crucial role as an astrologer. Captain Raju, Mala Aravindan and Sphadikam George are also part of the cast.
The film is not without its share of technical highlights. Yakshiyum Njanum will be the first Malayalam film shot with Red camera. “Red camera has quality almost equal or to film with a 4k resolution. The possibilities for colour correction are greater compared to the 2k normal digital cameras. There are some exceptional graphics incorporated too,” says Vinayan.
There is a gang of newcomers in the technical side too - Sajan Madhav who scores music, Navas who handles the camera and editor Pradeep. Sajan Madhav is the son of the late musical genius Raveendran. Yakshiyum Njanum is winding up its post-production works for a July release.