What happens when a true-blue alcoholic falls for Gandhian principles? Place him in the centre of a socio-political flux and you have the plot of God Say in a nutshell. “God Say is vibrant, fast-paced and humourous, at the same time it has a clear-cut politics,” says Sherry who co-directs the film with Shyju Govinadan. Starring Vinay Fort in the lead, the film will be part of the 21st International Film Festival of Kerala.
There was a time when Akashavani and Doordarshan used to be your only interface with the world outside. And, God Say is set in that milieu, the early 90s when new entrants started taking over the scene. “The story unfolds against the backdrop of Kozhikode All India Radio station. Harishchandran, played by Vinay Fort, is a programme producer there,” says Sherry.
Harishchandran, unlike his name, is a total anarchist. He is a drunkard and theatre artist who doesn’t believe in any sort of social etiquette. “At one point he is forced to present Gandhi Margam programme and for that he starts reading Gandhian principles. Eventually he becomes a true follower of Gandhi and his disorderly life becomes very disciplined,” he explains the basic story premise. It’s too dangerous to be good, reads the tageline of God Say and it’s precisely what happens in the hero’s life.
The society is not willing to accept this new-and-improved version of Harishchandran and promptly brands him insane. “What follows in his life forms the crux of God Say. The film also explores the essence of a time when Gandhian principles look totally obsolete,” he adds. Mythili plays Magdalena Harishchandran’s ladylove and a School of Drama student. Joy Mathew, Indrans, Mamukoya and Santhosh Keezhattoor are also part of the cast.
Sherry says the title God Say is connected to the storyline in more ways than one. “Apart from the obvious link there are other elements as well. But to get the full picture you will have to see the film.” God Say, produced by Santhosh Manikoth and E P Dinesh Nambiar, will hit the screens shortly.