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Mohanlal: Satyan Anthikad (INTERVIEW)
By Poornima N, Indo-Asian News Service
Thiruvananthapuram, July 20 (IANS) Director Satyan Anthikad is a
happy man these days as his latest Malayalam film "Rasathantram",
a light comedy starring his favourite
actor Mohanlal, has completed 75 days in theatres.
"Rasathantram" is touted as one of the biggest hits of 2006 and
the director, who had teamed up with Mohanlal after 12 years,
says he was not bothered by people's
"I chose not to think about people's expectations. If I were to
think about them, I would have had to bear a lot of pressure,"
Anthikad told IANS.
He agrees Mohanlal's physical appearance has changed a lot but
insists his talent remains the same.
"He has not lost the naughtiness that was his uniqueness when he
was young. I wrote the script thinking of his age but I did not
even consider his image.
"Today, his image is different from what it was when we did
films together. He has become a superhero. But I felt even today
people would prefer Mohanlal of the eighties,"
said Anthikad who wants to make more films with Mohanlal.
Excerpts of the interview:
Q: You were making a film with Mohanlal after a gap of 12 years.
The films you have made together earlier were smash hits and
people expect a lot from your combination.
Did these thoughts bother you while making "Rasathantram"?
A: I chose not to think about people's expectations. If I were
to think about them, I would have had to bear a lot of pressure.
I just put myself in audience's shoes and
thought, 'What would I expect if Mohanlal and Satyan Anthikad
were to come together after 12 years?'
Of the films we have done together, my favourites were "Sanmanassullavarku
Samadhanam", "Nadodikkattu" where Lal is little naughty.
Q: In last 12 years Mohanlal hasn't got younger - he is in his
A: There may be physical changes but his talent remains the
same. Similarly, he has not lost the naughtiness that was his
uniqueness when he was young. I wrote the
script thinking of his age but I did not even consider his
Today, his image is different from what it was when we did films
together. He has become a superhero. But I felt even today
people would prefer Mohanlal of the eighties.
Q: Didn't people ask you why you two didn't work for 12 years?
A: Of course, wherever I went, people would ask me the same
question. Actually, many thought we were not on talking terms.
What happened was, when Lal was working
with me he was not a superstar but, when he became one, many
people wanted to make films with him.
I saw people vying with each other to get his dates. As a good
friend I decided to make way for them. I chose to make films
Q: When you chose to have Meera Jasmine, a young girl, opposite
Mohanlal, didn't you feel they might be mismatched?
A: I did not think of age at all. I was only looking at them as
two talented artists. I feel Meera is one of the most talented
heroines in India. And, Mohanlal is undoubtedly one
of the most talented actors in India. So, their combination, I
felt, would be deadly. I was not planning a love story.
Q: How exciting was having three national award-winners -
Mohanlal, Bharat Gopi and Meera - in your film?
A: As a filmmaker, it was one of the happiest and most
satisfying experiences in my life. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
These three are so natural that you will not feel that they
are acting. Their performance is subtle and gentle.
Q: It was either Nedumudi Venu or Innocent or Thilakan who had
been playing Mohanlal's father in other films. How did you think
of Bharat Gopi?
A: Bharat Gopi was doing a full-length role after a gap of 20
years. I would call it destiny.
I couldn't attend his daughter's wedding so, I went to his house
to apologise and he himself opened the door. I knew he had had a
paralytic attack and not been keeping well
hadn't met him for a long time.
We sat down and spoke for a long time. We also talked about the
film "Appunni", which we had done together. I was at that time
confused about whom to cast as
Mohanlal's father in "Rasathantram". I asked Gopi whether he
would do a full-length role. He said he hadn't had enough of
acting in my films. And, what a wonderful choice I
Q: Did you expect "Rasathantram" to be such a huge success?
A: When you make a film, you do it with the hope of achieving
success. But, frankly, I did not expect it to be such a big
success. I like always to show the warmth and love
that all human beings have, and I think people like to see such
films. I believe in the goodness that is there in all human
Q: Will you make films with Mohanlal again?
A: Of course and that too without such a huge gap.
Q: But is there not a missing link in this combination -
A: Yes, I know. But we will definitely come together again!
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