‘Homely Meals’ is a term that instantly brings to mind a delectable concoction of warmth, taste and cosiness. Director Anoop Kannan says his outing ‘Homely Meals’ is a heady mixture of all these ingredients topped with the life and dreams of a youngster who aspires to make it big in movies. Newbie Vipin Atlee and Srinda Ashab play major roles in the movie that has a slew of new faces and small time actors donning prominent roles. The movie that will be released soon also has Nedumudi Venu, Manoj K Jayan, Kailash and Sreejith Ravi.
“Like the freshly prepared food that we devour from our home, ‘Homely Meals’ also brings forth a lot of freshness; in subject, characters and even songs,” says Anoop. The teaser of the movie that has become viral is experimental. The teaser has the cut shots of scenes from different movies in which the actors say, ‘Onnu Kaananam’ which implies, ‘want to see’ (the movie). There are dialogues by almost all the evergreen actors of the industry. Says Anoop, “We wanted the teaser, that is an ode to the legends of Malayalam cinema, to be catchy. Since the movie stars new faces, we wanted something to arouse the curiosity of the viewers.”
The director who debuted into films through ‘Jawan of Vellimala’ that was released in 2012 has been immersed in this movie for a while. Speaking about the story which is told in a humorous vein, he says, “The story revolves around the life of a youngster from Kochi, Alen, who eats, sleeps and dreams cinema. ‘Homely Meals’ is the show that he produces in a channel for which Alen endures many hardships. Alen sweats in rain and sun to find a space in the media world.”
With humour, twists and suspense, the movie has every element to pique the interest of the viewers, says the director. “Alen is a person who draws inspiration for his show from his experiences. There is another corporate team which is a competition for him. The film portrays the stark contrast of these two. Into his life comes, a goon, Palarivattom Mosappan,” narrates Anoop. Well-known theatre actor Rajesh Sharma plays the role of Mosappan. Srinda plays Nanditha, a television news reader. The director says the exciting character tinged with humour is sure to be a breakthrough for the actress. While Nedumudi Venu plays Fr Dixon, another full-length comedy character, Manoj K Jayan’s character too is sure to make you laugh, says the director. Sudheer Karamana, Joju and Tabitha Anand are other actors.
Sarthaj is the music director of the film that has four songs penned by Santhosh Varma. Hariharan, Soumya and Sarthaj are the singers. Meera Jasmine’s brother Georgy Joseph who debuts into films through ‘Homely Meals’, cranks the camera.
The film is produced by Hussain and Illias Zakkariya under the banner of Recaro Pictures.