Soubin Thahir in director’s chair

Actor Soubin Thahir will soon occupy the director’s chair. The actor is all set to roll his maiden directorial venture, which is bankrolled by producer-director Anwar Rasheed. The movie has given the title Parava and will hit screens as a Christmas release. The full cast and crew of Parava will be announced shortly. Soubin has created a unique space and fans within a few numbers of characters. He was noted for his extraordinary timing and hilarious body language.

“I always wanted to be a filmmaker. I have been in the industry for the past 14 years since director Sidhique’s Chronic Bachelor. I have assisted several master directors and with each project, learnt the intricacies of filmmaking. I know people recognize you more when you are an actor than a director, but honestly, I am still a bit nervous when it comes to acting,” says Soubin.

“The scripting of my movie is progressing and the shoot will begin by mid-2016,” he adds. The actor is on cloud nine with his roles in recent releases like Kali, Maheshinte Prathikaram and Darwinte Parinamam. The actor has already collected his share of fan base; especially among the youth and slowly emerging as an inevitable commercial add on in contemporary Mollywood with his typical slang and body language.

Soubin made his acting debut with the Fahadh Faasil starrer Annayum Rasoolum directed by Rajiv Ravi. His portrayal of a Fort Kochi youth with typical slang went on to become an instant hit and the actor was flooded with similar roles.

His path to stardom was laid when he had worked as an associate director with popular directors in Mollywood. He worked as an assistant director for 14 years with many leading directors like Faazil, Siddique, Rafi Mecartin, P. Sukumar, Santhosh Sivan, Rajeev Ravi and Amal Neerad. His connection with film industry starts with his father Babu Shahir, who was a production controller and a producer.

The assistant director turned actor hints at a possible directorial debut soon. Moreover, there are unconfirmed reports suggesting that he will play the lead role in Ashique Abu’s next venture. But, he didn’t comment on the reports surfaced a couple of days back.

The actor observed that his long experience as assistant director helped him to find comfort zones with his director very easily and that in turn helped to take out the best out of him. He picked the phenomenal physical education teacher in Premam as the best example for this actor-director chemistry on the sets.