Evergreen Lines

From my childhood days, the name ‘Mafia Sasi’ always intrigued me and I had often wondered what ‘Mafia’ was. While penning ‘Best Actor’, we were not sure about the project and my first film ‘Daddy Cool’ was awaiting release.

Published: 07th December 2015 06:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th December 2015 07:43 AM   |  A+A-


After reading the scene where Mohan (Mammootty) takes on the crew, Martin  Prakkat (director) was sure it would win claps in theatre. But, we had    doubts whether Mammukka would agree to it as he is against harassing others  directly or indirectly. But, he agreed as the response from Mafia Sasi was  positive. The word ‘decoration’ came in from the manual workers who used it  to describe lazy work.

When the scene was shot in Kochi, I was in a classroom some 120 kilometers away in Idukki district. They rang me as there were confusions regarding the Hindi dialogues which preceded this and they asked for my presence at the location. I had no vehicle and managed to get one from one of my students to reach there.

‘Mafia.jpgThe Hindi dialogue, a compilation of the by heart portions from class 5 to  10, was inspired from a teacher in my school days. It was fit for the  character Mohan who was a teacher. It went well and Mammukka made it in the first take. It was received well in two ways. Those who knew Hindi laughed at it for its nonsensical attitude while those who don’t know the language clapped at it for the strength of the dialogue delivery.

Sasiyettan, when I met recently told me the dialogue helped a lot. It gave a lot of mileage among the family audience, especially women and children who were ignorant of the stunt master.

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