Soubin Thahir in director’s chair


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.


Happy Wedding, Premam boys’ reunion

Happy Wedding, Premam boys’ reunion

Premam boys, Soubin Shahir, Sharafaudheen and Siju Wilson reunite for another Mollywood flick. The movie, which is titled Happy Wedding, is directed by debutante Lulu Omar. The three actors catapulted into instant stardom with the stunning portrayal of their characters. The three of them created laughter waves in theaters and Soubin Thahir has already established himself as an unavoidable ingredient of the new generation Mollywood lineup.

“Siju plays an engineering graduate named Hari and the comedy entertainer revolves around the funny instances that happen while planning for his wedding. The consequent discussions that lead up to the wedding complete the plot,” Omar says, adding that the movie will be shot in Ernakulam and Thrissur. While Siju plays the central character, Sharafaudheen appears as his sidekick. “He plays my cousin and best buddy and also someone who has a lot of supplementary exams to clear,” reveals Siju.

The movie will also feature another Premam buddy Justin John, who acted as the college villain for Nivin Pauly’s character George. Siju and Sharafaudheen got the break of their lifetime with their uber cool performances in the Alphonse Puthren directorial, Premam. Sharafaudheen skyrocketed to instant fame with the success of his role as Giriraja Kozhi. He created a niche among the audience with his styilized dialogue delivery and appearance. Soubin Shahir’s PT master Shivan Sir and Siju Wilson’s Jojo are also etched in viewers’ memories.

The actor is still being called as Giriraja Kozhi, thanks to his hilarious dialogues like “Pakachu poyi ente balyam”. His dialogues were delivered in a particular style and went on to become viral in social media platforms. So many people used them in their Dubsmash video too. Sharafudheen’s Kozhi character stood out among other Kozhis in the movie. The surprise element is that he comes back on a horse in the second half to blast some more laughter. He breathed fresh air into the second half with an unexpected appearance and involvement in the narration.

Happy Wedding also features Saiju Kuruppu, Sudhi Koppa, Niyas Backer, Sivaji Guruvayur, Vinod Kovur, Aby, Thesni Khan, Ambika Mohan, and a bunch of new faces in supporting roles. The movie is written by Aneesh KC and the man, who shot the underwater sequences in the Prithviraj flick Anarkkali, Sinu Sidharthan, cranks the camera. Muraleedharan composes music and the lyrics are penned by Harinarayanan. Happy Wedding, which is produced by Nasar Ali under the banner Ozone Productions is lined up for April release.