Ac­tors should cross bound­aries – Nivin


NIVIN Pauly is await­ing the re­lease of Kayamku­lam Kochunni, touted as the most ex­pen­sive movie made in the Malay­alam film in­dus­try. He is also look­ing for­ward to mak­ing his de­but in a Hindi lan­guage film soon.

The Malay­alam star be­lieves that all the ac­tors should chal­lenge them­selves by cross­ing bound­aries and act­ing in lan­guages that they are not flu­ent in.

The Kochi-based ac­tor made his act­ing de­but in 2010 with Malar­vaadi Arts Club and went on to star in Malay­alam movies like That­tathin Maray­athu, Ban­ga­lore Days and Pre­mam.

Though his pri­mary fo­cus has been Malay­alam cinema, he has also tried his hand at Tamil films by star­ring in Richie and Neram, which was made in Tamil and Malay­alam. He is cur­rently dub­bing for Geetu Mohandas’s bilin­gual film Moothon, which will be re­leased in Hindi and Malay­alam.

He isn’t the first Malay­ali ac­tor to step out of the Malay­alam film in­dus­try. His se­niors like Mo­han­lal, as well as con­tem­po­raries such as Dul­quer Sal­maan and Fa­hadh Faasil, have also shown their act­ing skills in other film in­dus­tries, such as Tamil and Hindi.

“The lan­guage part is al­ways chal­leng­ing. For a Malay­ali ac­tor, it won’t be that com­fort­able to do a film in Tamil, Tel­ugu or Hindi. I be­lieve we should push our­selves by cross­ing bound­aries. I think ev­ery ac­tor should at­tempt that in their ca­reer,” Nivin told IANS in a tele­phonic in­ter­view.

“There is one blessed ca­reer that God gave us, and we shouldn’t be sit­ting in one place and get­ting com­fort­able. There is no harm in try­ing some­thing new.”

It’s not like he doesn’t get to do chal­leng­ing projects back home. He will be seen star­ring in a pe­riod film for the first time.

“Kayamku­lam Kochunni was one of the most chal­leng­ing films. There are lots of ac­tion se­quences. I had to learn horse rid­ing, some­thing I had never done be­fore. So, a lot of ef­fort and time went into it,” said the ac­tor, who will turn 34 this month.

The Rosshan An­dr­rews di­rec­to­rial is based on a high­way thief, who was con­sid­ered to be the Robin Hood of Ker­ala in the 19th cen­tury.

“It just hap­pened to be the most ex­pen­sive film in Malay­alam. We have recre­ated a pe­riod char­ac­ter in Ker­ala – Robin Hood of Ker­ala. So the di­rec­tor wanted to por­tray it on that scale.

“Films from other in­dus­tries are so big, and peo­ple have re­ceived them whole­heart­edly. Peo­ple in Ker­ala love to watch bigscale films. So this is an at­tempt at that. It has never hap­pened in the

Malay­alam film in­dus­try,” he said.

He even gained weight for the film.

“We have to gain or lose weight, learn so many things for a film like this.

Since it’s a big film, I have to give my 101% to it,” said Nivin. Adding more weight and star power to Kayamku­lam Kochunni is Malay­alam su­per­star Mo­han­lal.

“That (act­ing with Mo­han­lal) was the best ex­pe­ri­ence of my ca­reer. You know how Mo­han­lal and Mam­mootty are for peo­ple in Ker­ala. So, for a guy who doesn’t have a film back­ground, joins the film in­dus­try and gets a chance to share screen space with Mo­han­lal Sir is some­thing else.

“Yeah. Of­fers used to come. Moothon will be my de­but in Hindi. I’m just wait­ing for the re­lease of that film… then let’s see,” he said.

Right now, he is only pray­ing for the suc­cess of Kayamku­lam Kochunni. It will hit the screens across In­dia on Oc­to­ber


“I just want this movie to do well,” con­cluded Nivin.



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