Director Kamal took a trip down memory lane with his movie 'Nadan'. The film opened with the visual of a stage with Oachira Pappukutty enchanting the audience with his feminine act as Vasavadutta.
Though the scene lasted for a few minutes, Oachira Pappukutty and his feminine features caught the attention of the masses and so did Santhosh Keezhattoor, the actor who brought the character to life.
Sharing his experience of playing Oachira Pappukutty, Santhosh says, “The character follows the life of one of the most amazing theatre artistes, Oachira Velukutty. I never hesitated in accepting the role. During his time, he enacted the role of females better than real women. Many were fooled by his appearance, in fact, he was once even kidnapped by some people! What I portrayed on screen will never come close to his acting, but I accepted the role as a blessing."
Santhosh has been associated with theatre for years and is also a recipient of a State Award. “For twenty years, I have maintained a close association with theatre and drama. Acting, direction and scripting are all part of my life in theatre. Popular makeup artist Pattanam Rasheed, happened to see me playing Oachira Velukutty in the drama 'Avatharapurushan' and suggested my name to Kamal for Nadan," says Santhosh, who hails from Kannur.
However, director Kamal asked Santhosh to join him both as an actor and associate director too. “I was really excited with the opportunity. The last ten days of the shooting were completely hectic when my portion of the movie was shot and I had to juggle between two jobs at the same time. But, I totally enjoyed it."
Santhosh, who will once again be part of Kamal's next project says, “Though both are different, the basic responsibility of an artiste is the same. Films are my ultimate aim but I will never ignore theatre because it is an integral part of my life!"