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Breaking the Barrier

Published: 15th May 2014 11:34 AM

Last Updated: 15th May 2014 11:34 AM

From the casting to the anecdotes from the shooting location to the trailer and songs, everything connected to Rosshan Andrews’ ‘How Old Are You’ has been creating news over the past few months. Manju Warrier’s relaunch pad was constantly under the limelight for the very same reason. Finally, the film that stars Manju and Kunchako Boban in lead roles reaches the theatres on Saturday.

So, is ‘How Old Are You’ a complete women-centric movie? “It is more of a motivational movie that can create an awakening in all,” says the director. As the title signifies, age is the subject of the movie. Says the director, “Through the movie, we wanted to say that age is not a criterion for anything in life. We may age, but our talent will not turn grey,” says the director.

Scenarist Sanjay who has penned the story along with his brother Bobby says, “It is not mandatory that only the hero’s life should  be highlighted in films. There are umpteen women-related issues in our society that are not given due prominence in films. There is a fallacy that as they age, women have many limitations. They are curtailed by many unwritten rules,” he says.

“The movie revolts such misconceptions through the protagonist, Nirupama Rajeev, a 36-year-old UD clerk in the Revenue Department,” explains Sanjay.

“Nirupama is like any other woman we see in our life. She is a middle class woman married to a radio jockey Rajeev (played by Kunchako Boban) and they have a 13-year-old daughter. She has every inhibition that gets hold of a woman as she ages. She prefers not to be too social, and the society around her also prefers Nirupama to act this way. The film tells her story,” says Rosshan.Women are often forced to forget their aspirations as they age. Unlike men who have more opportunities in their life, they have more barricades to break, observes the director.

Ask Rosshan whether the high publicity of the movie owing to Manju’s presence has created pressure on the team, his curt reply is no. But the director praises the actress and says, “Manju is an outstanding actress.” Sanjay too says the hype has not affected the team. He says, “In fact, Manju’s presence assured us that the role will be safe in the hands of a talented actress. The thread of this movie was in our minds for a while. It was then that we heard that Manju was planning a comeback. Since there was not a better choice than her, we approached the actress and she agreed. Since we were already clear about the story, there was no confusion,” he says. Sanjay is also all words for the protagonist. He says, “Manju amazed us with her stellar performance. She is highly professional.”

Though a heroine-oriented movie, Kunchako Boban too has much significance in the film, assures the makers. “It will be one of his best performances,” says Rosshan.

The film has an ensemble cast including Kaniha, Muthumani, Siddhartha Basu, Lalu Alex Vanitha Krishnachandran, Kunjan, Vinay Forrt Sreerag Nambiar, Jayaraj Warrier, Devan and Shankar Ramakrishnan.With Gopi Sunder as the music director, the film has three songs. The melodious number ‘Vijanathayil Pathi Vazhi..’ sung by Shreya Ghosal is already a chartbuster. Manjari and Harmony Music Group have sung other songs.

The film is produced by Listin Stephen under the banner of Magic Frames.

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