Tovino Thomas is all geared up for 2017. As he steps into the big league, the actor is awaiting the release of his next Oru Mexican Aparatha. Going by initial reports, Tovino is indeed going to make it big. In words exuding confidence, he talks to Express about the movie and how relatable it is.
The highlight of Oru Mexican Aparatha is your dual role. How challenging was it?
It was quite challenging though I have played dual role in Style too. But, the biggest test was to ensure that the two characters don’t come across as the same. In Oru Mexican Aparatha, I play Kochaniyan, a 80ies student leader who gets killed. The other character is Paul who joins the college in 2004.
So, I had to intentionally keep the difference. But, I have always been inspired by actor Kamal Hassan who carried off four characters in Michael Madana Kamarajan.
There are reports that the movie is inspired by a true story that happened at Maharaja’s College.
No, that is not right. The name of the college is Maharaja. But definitely, it has been inspired by many stories that happened around colleges in Kerala. It is every student’s story.
In the movie, you are shown as a politically-driven character with a revolutionary streak. Any real-life inspiration?
Not really. I never believed in confining my thoughts and ideologies within student politics. But, I have always been vocal about what is right and wrong. In Oru Mexican Aparatha, my character is suppressed and that is why he turns rebellious. It is a defensive mechanism and not a vengeance.
Were you involved in the
Yes, I did. In fact, most of the dialogues and punch lines in the movie have been improvised by all of us. Though there was an original script, much of it was incorporated from discussions that took place in the classroom of the college where we shot. There was this particular scene when Gayathri Suresh’s character is being proposed to. The proposal line was the same that was used on my best friend.
There is a lot of hype surrounding Oru Mexican Aparatha.
I think campus stories are always accepted by the audience here, especially when it revolves around politics. Also, I have started to feel that people have begun to trust me and my ability more.
Do you think this movie will determine where you stand in the industry?
I hope so. But I am not the one to say that. The audience will have to do that for me. But, I am confident. During the post-production, our team was told that the movie would definitely do very well.
Your upcoming projects?
I have just reached back after winding up the shoot for a Tamil movie, which is my debut in Kollywood. Also, I have been roped in to play a lead in Ashique Abu’s next.