At a time when action films relied heavily on time-tested formulas, 'Vyooham', released in 1990, was distinctive in many ways. The technological brilliance was one and the film introduced Raghuvaran, an accredited baddie of the time, as the hero. Though the movie received average response at the box office, it brought a wind of change to the industry.
Two years later, the director of the movie, Sangeeth Sivan, again took the Malayali audience by surprise. His next outing 'Yodha', filmed at the unseen locales of Nepal also introduced the magical music of AR Rahman in Mollywood for the first time.
The maverick filmmaker, who is known for movies like 'Gandharvam', 'Nirnayam' and 'Daddy' in the first half of the 1990s, is back. But this time, in a new attire, as a producer of the film directed by his assistant. Ask him about his long hiatus from Mollywood, and he says, "True. It has been long since I associated with Mollywood. I kept away from the industry to unlearn the things I learnt here. Malayalam film industry has taught me the basics of cinema. I began from here and even now, when I think about a new movie, I think it as a Malayali director," he says.
The director who hails from a family with a film background says, "Malayalam films have always amazed me, from the very beginning. What sets the industry apart from the rest is that, in spite of the limited resources, we have always
11:19 AM, May 31, 2012