The title says it all. The arresting title of ‘Ni Ko Nja Cha’ not only initiated discussions, but also resulted in the announcement of a number of names in the same style. ‘Ni Ko Nja Cha’ is the abbreviated form of ‘Ninnem Kollum Njaanum Chaavum’, which can be roughly translated as ‘I Will Kill You and Kill Myself’. The film claims to be a hilarious take on things which are often treated seriously.
“It is a romantic comedy,” says Gireesh who debuts with the film after working with Shyamaprasad and Lal Jose for nearly a decade. “It will portray romance in a comic mood. Think of a Devadas. We are trying to place him in a mood which will evoke laughter. The film is on break ups rather than relationships”, says the director who would like to keep a safe distance from the ‘new generation’ tag.
The film takes us into the lives of a group of friends - Dr Roshan (Sunny Wayne), Joe (Praveen Anidil), Abu (Sanju), Peter (Shani) Ann (Poojitha Menon), Alice (Rohini Mariam Idicula) and Sania (Parvathy Nair). Roshan, a cosmetic surgeon, loves belles a little more than his profession and Joe, a TV producer, is a bit emotional about everything he does. Ann, Joe’s girlfriend, is the anchor his TV show while Peter, is the camera man. Alice and Sania are medical students and Abu is an assistant director.
“In most situations Abu, the coolest of the lot, reacts as if from a viewer’s view point,” says the director who has also scripted the film. Even the banner’s name is a sign that reveals the film’s attitude. It is ‘Urvashi Theatres,’ a name that unleashed a laugh riot in Malayalam nearly quarter a century ago when Mannar Mathai (Innocent) uttered it on screen in ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’. Sandip Senan, along with Anish M Thomas, has produced the movie under this banner.
Though it is Sandip’s first film, a close relative of veteran producer G Suresh Kumar, he has a long association with the film world as the executive producer of many films including of ‘Neelathamara’ and ‘Rathinirvedam’. Neil De Cunha has shot ‘Ni Ko Nja Cha’, the main locations being Goa and Ernakulam. Manoj has edited the film while Sheeba Rohan has designed the costume. Music is another highlight of ‘Ni Ko Nja Cha’, which is composed by Prashanth Pillai who has earlier done ‘Shaithan’ in Hindi and ‘Nayakan’ and ‘City of Joy’ in Malayalam. D Santhosh also writes lyrics with Rafeeq Ahmed. Murali Films will take the film to cine-houses soon.