It’s Jeethu Joseph’s “Oozham” for Prithviraj
Prithviraj gears up for his next hunt in the box office and this time the actor has joined hands with his Memories director Jeethu Joseph. The movie, titled Oozham, is touted as a revenge drama, features Prithviraj and Ayal Njanalla fame Divya Pillai in the lead roles. The movie started rolling in Coimbatore. Both the actor and the director are at the peak of their career and the movie has already generated buzz in the Mollywood circles.
Jeethu’s last flick, Life of Josutty was a moderate success compared to his record breaking blockbuster Drishyam. The director also claimed his chair among the Kollywood directors with the Tamil remake of Drishyam, Papanasam with Kamal Haasan. “Oozham definitely is not a thriller. It’s more of a revenge drama with the right amount of action in it. It has fight sequences, but you can’t call it an out-and-out action film either,” said Jeethu Joseph.
“I wouldn’t claim that the film will be some out-of-this-world narrative. But there will be elements that will keep you glued to it,” he added. The movie will be shot in Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Chennai, and Ernakulam. “If you ask me, I have done only one thriller and that’s ‘Memories’. ‘Drishyam’ was conceived as a conflict between two families, so I am not ready to call it a thriller. I know there are limited genres and I will have to repeat some in my career. But I don’t want only one or two kinds of films in my entire filmography. That’s one reason I did ‘Life of Josutty’ immediately after ‘Drishyam’,” Jeethu revealed.
Jeethu’s last offering Life of Josutty couldn’t repeat the mileage of Drishyam and was a moderate success despite good casting and making. He had worked together with Prithviraj earlier in the super hit movie Memories, which was a refreshing hit and gathered critical acclaim. Prithviraj’s character, Sam Alex, an alcoholic cop who fell into the trail of a series of murders caught the viewer’s imagination and widely recognized as one of the best characters in the year 2013. The actor seems to enjoy an enormous level of comfort under the director’s command.
Divya Pillai, who debuted through Fahad Fazil’s Ayal Njanalla, will play the leading lady in Oozham. Divya became a known face in Mollywood with the upper middle class girl, who falls for a simpleton mistaking him as a film star. The UAE based actor makes her return after a gap of one year. Oozham will also feature Neeraj Madhav, Irshad, Sreejith Ravi, and Sampath and Jayaprakash from Kollywood in important roles.
While Anil Johnson composes the music of Oozham, the lyrics are penned by Santhosh Varma. Shamdat cranks the camera and Ayoob Khan is the editor. Oozham is produced by G George and Anto Padinjarakkera under the banner Fine Tune Pictures.