Malayalam actor Suraj Venjaramoodu, who lately gained the Kerala State Award for Best Actor, appears again at his profession thus far and the form of characters he needs to play sooner or later
Suraj Venjaramoodu is in the midst of a shoot for Jana Gana Mana together with his Driving Licence co-star Prithviraj Sukumaran, when he obtained the information that he has bagged the 50th Kerala State Film Award for the Best Actor.
Speaking over cellphone from Kochi, Suraj agrees that 2019 was certainly a good yr for him with respect to taking part in characters and the following box-office successes. He provides that the characters written for him had been difficult and helped him stand out. The Kerala State Film Award for his efficiency in Android Kunjappan Version 5.2 and Vikruthi, is the crowning glory for an actor who got here up the hard means.
“Both the films and my characterswere appreciated. That in itself is an award. Now, the State award has come as a bonanza and doubled my joy. It feels good when one’s hard work is recognised. It is a responsibility that is placed on you to better yourself and prove yourself to be worthy of that award,” says Suraj.
After having essayed a number of comical characters, Suraj says he longed for characters with substance; those that will make a distinction. “It is only now that I have begun to get the kind of roles I had always wished for!”
Suraj wished to play the character of Bhaskara Poduval in Android Kunjappan when he heard the thread of the story throughout a programme in Canada almost a yr in the past. “The casting was done. Yet, I could not help thinking how wonderful it would be if I could play the cranky octogenarian Poduval. Mahesh Narayanan was supposed to direct this well-knit movie about a cantankerous father and his caring son,” he recollects.
Eventually, there have been some adjustments and scenarist Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval got here on board because the director. “I was in Thiruvananthapuram for my father’s funeral. Around that time, my producer Santhosh T Kuruvilla called me to ask if I would step into the role of Poduval. As soon as I heard a few scenes of the script, I replied in the affirmative,” recollects Suraj, making no try to masks the glee in his voice.
In Vikruthi, Suraj performs Eldho, who has listening to and speech impairments. Incidentally, in each movies, Suraj and Soubin Shahir are the lead actors. He ended his 2019 run with Driving Licence, which was a large success on the field workplace.
During the lockdown, Suraj was among the many few actors who managed to finish two movies: Sunil Ibrahim’s Roy and Jeo Baby’s The Great Indian Kitchen, during which he groups together with his Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum actor, Nimisha Sajayan.
The lengthy shot
Winner of three State Awards for the Best Comedian, Suraj has come a great distance from the time when he was used to lighten the temper of a movie by doing slapstick comedy. Even whereas doing the routine acts, he requested administrators he was acquainted with, to offer him one thing that is completely different.
In 2013, he gained the National Award for his poignant efficiency in Dr Biju’s Perariyathavar, the place he performed a personality from the marginalised group. “However, what was sad was that many did not watch the film in theatres. Even many of my well-wishers might have wondered how and why I got the National Award since they missed it. Their doubts were set to rest with a couple of scenes in Abrid Shine’s Action Hero Biju (2016), in which I played Pavithran, which was far removed from the characters I had essayed up until then,” says Suraj.
That small function did the trick and since then, Suraj has change into the Mr Dependable.“At present, I am trying to select characters that excite me. I feel that if my work excites me and makes me deliver my best, then it should, hopefully, entertain viewers as well,” he says.