Often, we have seen our movie stars donning the mantle of producers. They do it for various reasons – some of them wanted to make the movie they always had in their mind. Some needed that ever elusive award, accompanying exposure in festival circuit and international acclaim like Vanaprastham and Kathavaseshan.
Earlier there used to be a production house called Casino, which was started by Mammootty, Mohanlal, I.V.Sasi and Seema. Awards were not their objective, but commercial success. They produced a few movies, but later the group disintegrated. Mohanlal started his own Pranavam Arts, Mammootty, Sasi and Seema never ventured into production again.
In Vanaprastham, Mohanlal invested a lot of his hard earned money. Since it was a Indo – French colloboration it had a mix of Indian and foreign crew. He faced a lot of problems during production.
How was it working with a French crew?
Difficult. They don’t understand our lights, our stories, our climate… It was difficult for me as a cinematographer, so I can imagine what they must have gone through. In fact, Santosh Sivan came in halfway and shot the rest of the film. [Shaji .N.Karun in rediff.com]
The movie came out was and was appreciated by every one who saw it. It was a disaster in box office and Mohanlal is yet to produce a movie after it, but he got the National Award for best actor.Kathavaseshan was produced by Dileep with T.V.Chandran as the director. Allegations were there that movie was produced with an award in mind and maybe Dileep wanted to remove the stigma of comedy-mimicry actor. The movie did not do well in the box office nor did Dileep win any award.
Undeterred Dileep is producing the AMMA movie venture now. This movie will have all superstars of malayalam acting in it and this would be a pure commercial venture, with no award intentions.
The latest star to be bitten by production bug is Navya Nair. The Tamil movie movie Aadum Kuthum, directed by T.V.Chandran ran into trouble when the producer decided to pull out. Navya along with actor/director Cheran, Cameraman Madhu Ambat and T.V.Chandran decided to pool money and complete the production.
Aadum Koothuâ€™ had Navya in the lead role. Director-turned-actor Cheran was playing the male lead. The filmâ€™s production had dragged for such a long time that the producer has decided that it isnâ€™t worth the expenses. He was concerned too because the costs had exceeded the budget.
Finally, the producer decided to walk out of the film. Now, the director, along with the lead pair Cheran and Navya Nair and cinematographer, Madhu Ambatt, have decided to chip in money and complete the film. They have got together and named their new company[â€˜Lights and Shadowsâ€™.]
In Bollywood, movies are mostly produced by actors to inflict their sons on public. This happens a lot in south India too, with people like Fazil making us suffer his son’s acting. Once in a while it is nice to see actors investing their money for making good movies, even though they all have the award in mind.