KOCHI: If Balachandra Adiga’s journey to the heights of political realm and his eventual downfall made the core of ‘Vaasthavam’, it was Balaraman’s revenge that formed the crux of ‘Shikkar’. In both the movies, the plot was woven around the strong bond between characters. Expectations are definitely high when M Padmakumar, the director of these movies, comes up with his new venture ‘Thiruvambadi Thampan’ and the director assures his latest will be on par with his earlier outings. “‘Thiruvambadi Thampan’ is an entertainer set against the backdrop of a Thrissur-based Christian family which was honoured by Shakthan Thampuran. Thiruvambadi Mathan Tharakan (Jagathy) and his son Thampan Tharakan (Jayaram) are the central characters of the film. The family owns an elephant which is usually taken to temples during festivals. Once, while returning from a temple festival at Madurai, an incident takes place and what follows forms the plot” says Padmakumar.
He says that the story revolves around the strong relationship between Thampan and his father. “The natural humour generated by the trio of Jayaram, Jagathy and Nedumudi Venu will be another attraction of the film. Tamil actor Kishore portrays the role of Shakthivel, the villain,”he adds.
Usually, the antagonists’ deeds never get justified in the movies but Padmakumar says people will have a special liking for his villain after watching ‘Thiruvambadi Thampan’. “That is how script writer S Sureshbabu has moulded that character and the villain is given proper justification for his acts which is something very rare in our movies,” he says.
Though Jagathy Sreekumar had completed 90 percent of the shooting of the movie, he met with an accident in between.
“Owing to that unfortunate incident, he was not able to dub for the movie. But we have used the original track from the spot. However, I was compelled to cancel a song from the movie meant for him,” he says praying for the speedy recovery of the veteran actor.
‘Thiruvambadi Thampan’ is Padmakumar’s sixth movie after ‘Ammakkilikoodu’, ‘Vargam’, ‘Vasthavam’, ‘Parunthu’ and ‘Shikkar’. Produced by Alexander John under the banner Jini Cinema, the movie will hit screens on May 27. Haripriya is the heroine.