Jeethu Joseph is a tad too busy these days. The man behind the highest-grossing movie of the industry has three back-to-back projects lined up in the coming months. The director who gave Malayalam cinema the phenomenon called Drishyam is currently penning a script for a friend, and if everything falls into place, he may perhaps call the shots for a remake of his superhit venture in Hindi or Tamil.
So ask the maverick director how life is these days and pat comes the reply, “I want to take a break next year.” The nonchalant man, who seems untouched by the hype surrounding his film, confesses that prior commitments are compelling him to work in supersonic mode. “I want to keep my word, and that is the only reason why I am juggling projects,” he says.
The director reveals that the first movie in the pipeline is a Dileep-starrer set to go on floors this June. Jeethu, who joins hands with the actor once again after the smashing success of My Boss, says the yet-to-be-titled film will have a tinge of fantasy as its USP.
“But the movie will be canned in a realistic way,” says Jeethu. The audience can certainly expect the fireworks, especially as the director promises that the film will have freshness in approach. “The script is almost over. For a change, it will be handled by Rajesh Varma, who has co-written some other scripts earlier,” he says.
Dileep will be seen with a triumvirate of heroines in the film, and Jeethu is currently scouting for fresh faces for the same. Anil Johnson, who worked with Jeethu in Drishyam will once again compose the music of the new film. A New Zealand-based production house will shell out the money for the film.
The other two projects will have Prithviraj and Kavya Madhavan respectively in the lead roles, says the director. And for both the movies, Jeethu will once again write the script, something which is arguably the man’s forte. “The Prithviraj-starred will be an action-oriented outing,” says the director, adding that other details are still under discussion. Central Pictures, Kottayam, will produce the film. And the third movie, featuring Kavya, will be a heroine-centric project. Jeethu, who has always given due screen space and significance to his female characters, says the film will deal with a relevant issue. “But it is too early to divulge further details,” he says.
Apart from his directorial projects, Jeethu is also penning the script for his friend Anzar Khan’s debut movie. The story idea of the film has been formulated by Anzar, who has been in the industry as an associate director for some years now.
Meanwhile, a conversation with Jeethu Joseph will never be complete without the subject of Drishyam. Ask the director if he is basking in the glory of the film which is still running to packed houses, and he shrugs, “the hype is a bit overrated to be frank. I am happy that the film is getting good response from the audience, but I feel that a movie should not be rated based on its collection from theatres.”
However Jeethu is quite excited when he speaks about the words of appreciation the film has been showered with from stalwarts of the industry like Kamal Hassan, Rajanikanth, K Balachander and Vikram. Speaking about the reports of Drishyam remake, he says, “Either Hindi or Tamil, I may commit for a remake only if other elements like casting come out well.”