Her, the upcoming Malayalam film starring Urvashi, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Aishwarya Rajesh, Ramya Nambessan and Lijomol Jose, is a social drama that follows the lives of five different women, director Lijin Jose tells Silverscreen India.
“Her follows the lives of five women who come from different class backgrounds. Their stories are independent yet interconnected. There are a few things that seem to be simple for us, but matter a lot to these women. The film goes on to discuss the issues and repercussions that these women face,” he adds.
Her was announced by the makers on Monday via social media. Produced by Anish M Thomas under the AT Studio banner, the film is based on a script written by Archana Vasudev.
Archana, who is a friend of Jose’s, sent him a draft of the story idea for Her during the Covid-19 lockdown. He found the idea interesting and asked her to develop on it. The script and artists for Her were finalised even before Jose began pre-production for his film Chera, starring Nimisha Sajayan and Roshan Mathew.
On the stellar cast they’ve managed to rope in for Her, Jose says, “As Archana developed the story, we also made a draft of potential artists whom we could reach out to. Urvashi was the first person we approached. She liked the project and came on board. Likewise, all other artists also expressed their interest and we are thrilled to have got all the actors we wanted to work with.”
Aside from the five female leads, the film also features Prathap Pothen, Guru Somasundaram and Rajesh Madhavan in pivotal roles.
Jose says that Pothen was roped in to play the role of Urvashi’s husband. He adds that he chose Madhavan, as he believed that he is one of the greatest performers among the current generation of actors, and could bring interesting elements to his performance. “Guru has also worked in my other film Chera. His role is crucial, and it was a great experience to work with him. When we pitched Her to him, he liked it. Initially, he had date constraints but later, he managed to come on board,” Jose adds.
The filming is to begin on Saturday in Thiruvananthapuram and with cinematographer Chandru Selvaraj wielding the camera. The crew also includes Kiran Das as the editor and composer Govind Vasantha. Jose notes that music plays a very significant role in the film’s narrative. “We have planned to work on a few elements with the aid of music in this film, and we approached Govind for this reason.”
“I am so excited about this project. It is challenging to try out new things and that’s the exciting part of it. This film offers everything from a star-studded cast to multiple storylines. I’m really looking forward to it,” he adds.
Meanwhile, Jose’s other upcoming film Chera is in the post-production stages. He says that editing is currently underway and reveals that three more days of shoot are pending as well, which they will likely finish in June.