With the dawn of every new year, it is time for hope and new beginnings in every walk of life. The Malayalam film industry is no exception as it is set to witness filmmakers dealing with some novel themes which were long considered taboo. The first one in the offing is debutant director M B Padmakumar’s ‘My Life Partner’ which deals with the deep and intricate emotional relationship between two men. Though the year 2013 did had a few movies that touched upon LGBT subjects, but there was no movie where a gay relationship was the central plot. “’My Life Partner’ can very well be related to the recent Supreme Court verdict making consensual sex between adults of the same gender an offence. And the film deals with this subject in a sensitive manner, shedding light on two human beings’ mental attachment, rather than the sexual relationship. The movie will tell the story of people who have been completely ignored by the society,” says Padmakumar.
As the tagline of the movie goes ‘Best friends are always best lovers’, the movie narrates the story of two friends-turned-lovers Richard and Kiran, both born and brought up in different cultural backgrounds. “Richard is from a business family and naturally he is expected to take over his family business. With his strict upbringing, he finds the taste of freedom rejuvenating when he moves to a hostel and meets Kiran, a US-born child of separated parents. In course, their relationship grows and alters both their lives,” says Padmakumar who made his debut in the film industry as an actor, playing the villain in the Lohithadas film ‘Nivedyam’.
For both Richard and Kiran, because of their experiences, the sacred bond of marriage between a man and woman is just an ironic joke. When Kiran goes through a rough patch in life, Richard’s care and love bring him back from the brink. “They realise that if both of them care and love each other more than any woman, then why not just share their lives with each other for good,” narrates the director who is eager to tell socially-relevant stories with a difference.
Issues crop up when they plan to add a baby to their lives, for reinforcing their mutual bond. Indian law does not allow a man to adopt a child on his own. By way of finding a way out, Richard, who is a bisexual, marries an orphan, Pavithra. Their life goes topsy-turvy, when Pavithra discovers Richard and Kiran’s relationship.
The movie will see yesteryear actor Sukanya making a return to Mollywood after a long hiatus. “The veteran actor plays Leela Iyer, a psychiatrist and social activist. She was very pleased with the script and agreed to do the movie immediately after I narrated the story,” says Padmakumar. The first-time director had begun his career as a TV anchor with Doordarshan, hosting shows like ‘Paithrakam’ and ‘Samvadam’, followed by shows for Asianet and Kairali.
Ameer Niyas, who was last seen in ‘Run Baby Run’, dons the role of Richard while Sudev Nair, who is a part of the Anubhav Sinha-produced Bollywood flick ‘Gulab Gang’, starring Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla, plays Kiran in ‘My Life Partner’. Anusree of ‘Diamond Necklace’ fame will don the role of Pavithra. The film produced by Rejimon Kappaparambil will hit the screens next month.