Watching Shane Nigam in Kismath was like flipping the pages of Malayalam cinema to find an unexpectedly interesting chapter.
Shane, who is a part of the Soubin Shahir directorial Parava, says that he’s that guy who graces the backdrop of the frame in the movie. “It’s too early to say anything now. The movie focuses on two children, and I play the brother of one,” he says. Getting conversant about his rapport with Soubin Shahir, he says that this role was offered to him even before Kismath happened. “Everyone in the movie, including Dulquer Salmaan, has a special bond with Soubin,” he says.
He has finished shooting for C/O Sairabanu, that has Manju Warrier and Amala Akkineni playing the lead characters. “The film has a strong story. It has a subtle social message touching upon certain legal aspects which is quite essential during these times,” he states. He admits that he was initially confused while taking the leap and doing a routine-breaking film after being part of the Rajeev Ravi camp.
“While shooting the first song with Manju, I was so nervous, I could hardly emote. And there she was, being such a delight to watch; in the blink of an eye, she shows us varied expressions,” he says. “I couldn’t have played her son if she hadn’t let me into that space. She’s an uber cool actress and very friendly off camera.”
There’s no dearth for praises where Amala Akkineni is concerned as well. “There’s a divine aura about her, and she is the most down-to-earth person I’ve met,” he says.
He will also be a part of Shaji N Karun’s next, and National Award winning editor B Ajith Kumar’s maiden directorial. Talking very much like a graduate with honours from the Rajeev Ravi school of thought, Shane says that a lot of movies today focus on the saleability factor more than the sheer joy of making a movie that will live on in people’s minds. “Our movies should free themselves of the rigid structures of genres; I’m sure that within the next ten years, Malayalam cinema will regain the attention that it had in the 80s and the world will sit up and take notice.”