Rustic and raw, actor-writer Murali Gopy says Chellappan, his character in Arun Kumar Aravind’s Kaattu, is as organic as it could get. And, for the actor, playing Chellappan was a rejuvenating experience.
“Kaattu is an old world movie, naturally the characters are unapologetic. Chellapan has a retro shade to him. In fact, what drew me to the script and the character is the very organic milieu in which the story is set. It is challenging and refreshing for an actor,” he says.
Sporting a handle bar moustache, bald head and wicked look, Chellappan’s portrays a retro character. Naturally, comparisons were drawn to Padmarajan’s Thakara and the infamous ‘Chellappanasari”. But Murali Gopy denies it. “Other than the name, there is nothing similar,” he adds.
He also adds that the kind of friendship Chellappan shares with Nuhukannu, played by Asif Ali in the movie, bears no resemblance to Thakara.
“In fact, Nuhakannu is not an imbecile, like in Thakara. He is a naive and straight-forward guy. They strike a friendship and Kaatu is about human emotions and the relation they share,” says Murali Gopy.
Murali Gopy says he first listened to Kaattu’s script a few years ago. “When Arun was searching for a story, this one came up on my mind. It is a beautiful story. Anantha Padmanabhan’s treatment of his characters is very unapologetic. Kaattu is about man and woman and the equations they have,” he adds.
He thinks the year has turned out wonderfully for the actor in him.
“I want to play a variety of roles. Mahashay Bhagwan in Tiyan was an extreme and Chellappan is the other end. And, what I do in Aami is different from all that. The character is very civilised. So for me it was oscillating between the extremes. That challenges me as an actor,” says Murali Gopy.
Kaatu, which will hit the screens next month, will have Varalaxmi and Manasa Radhakrishnan in significant roles.