Anna Ben, who played a village girl in her last Malayalam film Kappela, is starring in Jude Anthany Joseph‘s upcoming film, Sara’s. She will play the role of an Associate Director whose dreams and decisions around motherhood define her journey, said Joseph to Silverscreen India.
According to Joseph Anna Ben’s character in Sara’s was inspired in part by a character from one of his other films, Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (2014). He said, “The movie (Sara‘s) is itself inspired from Ohm Shanthi Oshaana‘s character Pooja, played by Nazriya [Nazim Fahadh]. When we shot the film in Kozhikode Medical College, our producer saw it and later asked me if we could make a film on this character. So, I said okay and the script was ready in one month.”
According to Joseph, “Sara’s is about a girl named Sara who is working as an Associate Director in the film industry. It is about her dreams and her decisions related to motherhood that define her journey.”
Sunny Wayne (Kayamkulam Kochunni, Second Show) will also feature in the film.
Sara’s was shot in November 2020 with a crew capped at 50 members. A majority of the shots were taken outdoors, said the director. He said, “We have shot in almost all locations like the metro, roads, fire and police station, in hospital, etc. and it was like a normal shoot from pre-Covid times, but we had to follow the procedures and guidelines. It was difficult to shoot but we finished it.”
As the film was shot during the unlock phase, the entire crew stayed together in an apartment. The director further said that as a precaution, food and refreshments were handed out in individual packets.
Apart from keeping sanitisers and masks available across the sets, the cast and crew members’ body temperatures were checked every day. “We would inform the nearby health department and the police station at every location we shot at and we had maintained strict protocols,” he said.
On Sunday, Anna Ben shared the first look poster for Sara’s on Instagram.
Sara’s is produced by P K Murali Dharan and Santha Murali, and is currently in post-production. According to Joseph, no decision on whether it would have a theatrical release had been taken as yet.