Though he took a long route to silver screen - starting with a course in cinematography from Adyar Film Institute and then assisting cinematographer-director Rajeev Menon - Narain did succeed in fulfilling his childhood dream, to become an actor. And, after a year’s hiatus, he is back in action with a couple of meaty characters in Malayalam and Tamil.
Narain will soon be seen in the role of a doctor in ‘Hallelujah’, an upcoming venture directed by debutant Sudhi Anna. “I will be playing Dr Roy, a psychiatrist, who comes back to his village after two decades. It is a fun movie which revolves around Dr Roy’s nostalgia, the childhood days he spent in the village and the change the place underwent over the years,” says Narain.
Meghna Raj will play the lead lady in the film which will be an out-and-out entertainer packed with a tinge of suspense.
The actor has portrayed the role of a doctor in a number of films like ‘Sheelabathi’, ‘The Hit List’, ‘Ayalum Njanum Thammil’ and ‘3 Dots’. Ask him whether playing a doctor is his favourite, he says: “It is not an intentional attempt. In ‘Hallelujah’ Dr Roy’s character returns to his homeland for a purpose,” he adds.
The film which will showcase the picturesque beauty of Kerala will start rolling by this month end at Kolenchery.
On why he took a break from M Town, he says: “I was working in a Tamil project titled ‘Kaththukkutti’ for the past one year. The shoot got wrapped only few weeks back and the movie will release this June. I had to appear in a particular get up for the film with mop of hair, beard and moustache, so I couldn’t sign for any other films.”
The film directed by Era Saravanan deals with a socially-relevant subject narrated in a humorous way. “I play Arivulagan, a youth who returns to his village after completing his college studies. The film discusses about agriculture and the land issues faced by the farmers of Tamil Nadu. It is an ambitious project,” says the actor who missed around six Malayalam film last year due to date issues. He was last seen in M Town in a cameo in Sibi Malayil’s ‘Njagalude Veetile Athitikal’.
In his 13-year-long career, the actor has always been careful and calculated about his characters. He says, “I don’t believe in doing many films to add the numbers, but always choose the characters that interests me. Though personally I am easy going, when it comes to films, I prefer to stay choosy.” He had also played an important part in Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s ‘Nizhalkuthu’ in 2002.
The actor who makes a point of dedicating himself for a single projects at a time, says, “It is difficult to balance between the two industries. And have missed a lot of Malayalam projects. Also the subjects that came my way didn’t interest me.”