The trailer looks promising - endless intrigue, frames saturated with gore and pastel-perfect romance. ‘Vishudhan’, which seems a tale of the doomed and the damned, has a riveting air about it. The film, based on a real-life story, has Kunchako Boban playing the title role, ‘a man stifled by circumstances, a saint who turns savage’, as the actor puts it.
‘Vishudhan’, directed by Vysakh, portrays the journey of its hero from pious innocence to unholy malice. The film’s tagline simply has three parts - God Human Devil.
“The film basically records the transformation an individual undergoes. The central character is an upright and virtuous man in the beginning, more like a saint. But an unexpected twist wrecks his whole world and he comes down to an ordinary human level. It’s followed by another unfortunate incident that turns loose the demon in him,” says Kunchako.
The central character in the film is a priest, Fr Sunny, who later forsakes his cassock. Mia appears on screen as Sophie, a nun whose life gets entwined with Fr Sunny for some reasons. Quiz the actor on the oddity of a priest and nun crooning a duet and Kunchacko says: “The film has absolutely no content or visual that hurts religious sentiments. When Sunny and Sophie are together they are no more priest and nun. When Sunny is a man-of-the-cloth he never does anything that betrays his faith. It’s not against the backdrop of a church that they develop feelings for each other.”
Though the film follows the emotional journey of its hero, it also rips open a couple of burning social issues. “The film can be called an emotional thriller which digs out certain serious social afflictions,” he says.
The actor adds it’s for the first time in his career that a character with so much variations was offered to him. “But Vysakh, the director and scenarist of the film, had conceived my character with absolute precision. He chalked out each mood and expression for Sunny and even the way I breathe was regulated. He was not willing to compromise with the minutest aspect,” he says.
Kunchako says his character in the film is leagues apart from all the candyfloss roles he has played onscreen including his latest hit ‘Pullipulikalum Attinkuttiyum’. “Sunny was demanding and emotionally exhausting. I hope the effort I put pays off and the film is well accepted,” he says.
It’s for the third time the actor is joining hands with Vysakh and Kunchako says Sunny shares no similarities with his characters in ‘Seniors’ and ‘Mallu Singh’. “‘Mallu Singh’ was a fun film and my character in ‘Seniors’ had some shades of grey. But Fr Sunny was so realistic and intense that it posed many challenges for the performer in me,” he says. The film produced by Anto Joseph under the banner of A J Film Company hits the screens this Friday.