‘Ten’ is about Unity and Understanding
BANGALORE: This his first movie, but director Anis is a confident man despite the delays that have been dogging his film Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah (TEN). Starring Jai and Nazriya, the film with its engaging title, has already been drawing attention. In a chat with CE, Anis reveals what his movie is all about.
“The film revolves around two main characters from two different religious backgrounds. It’s their love story and talks about how they come together, but it’s told with a dose of comedy,” says Anis.
At the beginning of his career, instead of taking the safer rom-com or thriller route, why did he go in for the delicate subject of inter-religious marriages? How did the idea come to him? “See, there is nothing controversial about my film. I’m from a Muslim family and have grown up in Chennai. I have seen quite closely the lives of a lot of my friends and neighbours who are Hindus. The diversity of both cultures is very appealing, and it’s wonderful to see the various rituals and festivals associated with both religions. My film is about the unity in our diversity. It shows how adaptation, adjustment and a better understanding of each other’s lifestyle and culture can lead to happier personal lives,” says Anis.
Jai and Nazriya both have IT backgrounds in the movie. So what made him think they were suitable for the roles? “Nazriya is a cute and bubbly modern girl in the movie, very much like in real life. Jai is an actor who is liked by all age groups, and he has no set image. He fits the role of the jolly character perfectly,” shrugs Anis.
The film was shot largely in Chennai, Hyderabad and Calicut. “There are some scenes of actual festivals we captured during Golu (doll arrangements during Navarathri) at the Kesavan Perumal Temple in Sriperumbudur near Chennai and Avani Avitam (Upakarma), apart from Ramzan in Malabar and Muharram in Hyderabad. Since we had to wait till the actual ceremonies took place during the year, it added to the delay in shooting,” explains Anis.
Heba Patel from Bollywood has done a role while Pandiarajan and Mayilsamy have played important characters which will regale audiences.
The director feels that Ghibran’s Sufi music has been well received. He’s also happy that his mentor Nasser has lent his voice to a character in the film.
Talking of his mentor brings a smile to his face. “I did my MA and M Phil from the School of Drama and Theatre Arts in Pondicherry where Nasser sir gave a visiting lecture. Later, I worked as assistant director in his films Devathai, Mayan and Popcorn. But I went back to my first love, modern theatre. Now I’ve decided to turn to film direction.
“Nasser sir told me that he’ll see Ten with the audiences and give his feedback!” grins Anis. The movie, produced by Aascar Films, is set to release next week.