The intensity of the subject of Blessy's 'Pranayam' hits you as you
talk to the director.
But then he hastens to add, "Even if I held Pranayam in me, no one
came to know of it."
“Perhaps, Gracy is one of the
strongest characters Jayaprada has played so far,” Blessy says with
confidence. Blessy is proud to have ‘Gracy’ portrayed by an actor who
was once described as the most beautiful woman in the world by the great
Satyajit Ray. Even Jayaprada has acknowledged that ‘Pranayam’ is indeed
a milestone in her career.
“There is an invisible spark
that flashes just seeing the look or a smile of a person and when the
beauty within him is revealed to you. You don’t need to see a bio-data
or wade through his past work. You just connect with him,” explains
Blessy on his decision to hand over the camera to a novice like Satheesh
Kurup. The cinematographer has proved Blessy right and has captured
exactly what ‘Pranayam’ needs through his lens.
Was Blessy nervous at any time? “For me a movie is a battle fought. I feel like a warrior crossing swords with the umpteen nuances as I shoot. I had parented the story even before the faces started appearing. As a writer-director I am well aware of its meandering ways and possibilities. I know every move that a character should make, whether the character should smile or sob and when. Every visual is ready in my mind’s eye,” the captain of the ship clarifies. “But rarely would a location or a fine moment make a director instinctively improvise,” adds Blessy.
Each one has an outlook towards life, whether it is cinema, literature or music. And that reflects in what one does. And for Blessy, the valuable lessons he learnt from the masters of Malayalam cinema, as he journeyed with them, have enhanced him much further. “My movie ‘Kazhcha’ was actually my kazhcha (offering) to my Guru.” Blessy has gone through almost 25 years of hibernation for ‘Pranayam’. “As you grow, six and sixty are the same, they say. One is the beginning and the other twilight. When individuals share the same track from their teenage years into their grey-haired, fading days, their emotions reach another level.” Blessy has conveyed that in ‘Pranayam’ without losing any of its matured flavour.
And about him, Blessy feels
that the moment he knows he is good is the
end. “The excitement of the next moment keeps you going. And you
rediscover yourself every other day. And there lies the mysterious
beauty of life.” One almost feels as if Blessy is the one chosen for
‘Pranayam’. And the story has further inspired beautiful songs by M
Jayachandran. And Mohan Lal as a character who believes in endless
Pranayam is going to stand apart.
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