Interview | Arjun Ashokan: My function in ‘Bramayugam’ is a profession milestone


After 12 years within the movie trade and a combined bag of roles, his Thevan in Bramayugam might be Arjun Ashokan’s breakout function. His function in Rahul Sadasivan’s blockbuster fantasy horror thriller movie shouldn’t be an one simple for a lot of causes, particularly the absence of some extent of reference for his character. The story is about in seventeenth century Kerala. “There may be not a lot to actually return and do ‘homework’ or to analysis,” says Arjun over the cellphone from the set of Anand Sreebala

Because the hapless paanan (singer) trapped in Kodumon Potti’s dilapidated mana (mansion), he has proved his appearing chops in a task that his father, actor Harisree Ashokan, referred to as a ‘defining’ one in Arjun’s profession. “It’s a milestone that I’ll depend amongst my greatest. Numerous onerous work went into it; all of us put in a number of work,” he says.

Shot in black and white, visually the movie is stark, the main target continually on the actors. The digicam captures each minute expression that flits throughout their faces. And Arjun’s face is a kaleidoscope of expressions — the navarasas, nearly. His eyes convey the paanan’s awe, horror, worry and, even, conceitedness.  

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He explains, “I didn’t ‘put together’ as a result of I didn’t need to ‘choose’ the character or how he needs to be even earlier than I landed up on the set. We had a couple of script-reading periods which additionally helped with the dialogue supply — the tone and the way in which of speaking.” 

Arjun agrees he’s a director’s actor, every thing he was capable of do he attributes to Rahul’s steering. “He advised me what to do and how you can go about it, and I did precisely that. That [the director’s instructions] was the one factor for me to go by!” 

Not a simple function

Changing into paanan was demanding, “bodily it has been considered one of my difficult roles,” he says. Bramayugam cinematographer Shehnad Jalal reveals that components of the movie have been shot in an air-conditioned studio. “It was very chilly, however the characters needed to be ‘sweating’ which meant they have been sprayed with water. They might be shivering.”  

Arjun Ashokan in Bramayugam 

Arjun Ashokan in Bramayugam 
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Arjun’s is likely one of the three characters round whom Bramayugam pivots. The three actors shoulder the movie nearly completely.

Did he realise it on the time [of filming]?

“Fairly frankly I didn’t realise it on the time as a result of there would at all times be 200-odd individuals on the set. However after I noticed the movie in its entirety throughout post-production, it hit me! However then you possibly can’t ever predict or anticipate the response of the viewers. We will by no means know the way they’d ‘see’ a movie. With somebody like Mammookka (Mammootty) within the movie, the response needed to be nice,” he says.

Working his approach up

Once I inform him that it has taken 12 years to get to the place he’s, he’s stunned. “It’s been that lengthy, has it?” He made his appearing debut in Orkut Oru Ormakoot (2012). He acted in one other movie, following which he grew to become an assistant director (AD). “I at all times wished to be in movies. If not appearing, then as an AD.  I’d nonetheless study one thing about movies.” Regardless of being his father’s son, he has carved an unbiased area for himself. Arjun has charted a course completely different from his father’s, whose roles (previously) have been primarily comedian. 

Arjun Ashokan 

Arjun Ashokan 

At 30, the roles he has essayed are an eclectic combine, a showcase of his versatility. Neither has he shied away from mixing it up nor does he get slowed down by the strain to be picky. “I can’t be as selective as I need to be. I do, nonetheless, attempt roles which can be completely different from what I’ve performed earlier than,” he says. 

The 2 characters that obtained him observed early in his profession have been Hakeem in Soubin Shahir’s Parava (2017) and Anand in Ahammed Khabeer’s June (2019). Regardless of not being a full size function, the viewers registered the affable Hakeem in actor Soubin’s directorial debut. Arjun additionally grew to become a part of Romancham as a result of Soubin requested if he might.

The assassin Vineeth in Ozler is a darkish world aside from Romancham’s Sinu Sebastian, whose mere presence onscreen had individuals in splits. Whereas he has performed variations of the simpler, relatable guy-next-door effortlessly in motion pictures akin to Theeppori Benny, Member Rameshan 9aam Ward, and Tremendous Sharanya, he throws in a Hamza from Rajeev Ravi’s Thuramukham. His quiet, resolute presence is a foil to Moidu’s (Nivin Pauly) belligerence.

Arjun’s filmography is peppered with roles akin to Mandaram’s Kevin, the rowdy Kannan in Ajagajaantharam, the terrifyingly poisonous Johny of Varathan and the unassuming police constable Gireesh of Unda

The journey to Bramayugam’s paanan has taken its time however, he says, “For now I’m going with the circulation. I need to do strong characters and develop slowly however steadily.” His filmography appears to recommend simply that.   

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