(Reader Sebastian left the following comment. We think this is an important point that deserves furthur discussion – Ed)
Casting is not an easy task. It requires great precision and craft. An apt casting is as important as the script since a loose script can be compensated a bit by a perfect casting (only a little bit) while a taut script can b spoiled by senseless casting. For instance ‘Indian rupee’ is a movie of excellnt screenplay.. Renjith showed his talent & boldness by casting Thilakan & Tiny Tom to the roles of Achutha Menon & C.H respectively. Can you imagine Suraj in the role of C.H?. How horrible it would be!.. Probably he would have been the 1st option, if the movie was done by another director especially someone like Saji Surendran.
We have seen some magical feats with casting which made us think that the actor was born only to perform that partcular character….
Which is the most effective, apt & brilliant casting in the history of malayalam cinema? Can you guess?…That’s nothing other than featuring N.N.Pillai in the role of Ajooran in Godfather..
There are several examples for casting precision..
- Achan kunju in Lorry
- Shobhana in Manichitratazhu
- Salim Ghoush in Thazhvaram
- Babu Antony in Poovinu Putiya poonthennal
- Nassar in Gazal
- Prathap Pothan in Thakara.
- Saleema in Aranyakam
- Rasheed in Oridathoru Fayalavan
- Manoj K jayan in Sargam
None of these (except Shobhana) had been established in malayalam cinema when they were choosen to these films. And they were engaged to do these characters by some master craftmen who knew the art of casting..
(I never forget the great roles played by M&M, Thilakan, Jagathi, Bharat Gopi, Nedumudi etc. But the above characters deserve special mention..).