Three Decembers ago, among the crowd that had gathered at the Kairali Theatre in Thiruvananthapuram, walked a young man, asking questions, taking notes. It was IFFK time and he, with a small team, made a documentary on the life of a delegate that comes to the capital for the eight-day-fest.
At one of these fest venues he met M.P. Sheeja, a chartered accountant, writer and artist among many other hats she wears. Sajin showed her a story he had written. She read it and agreed to produce it with her friend L. Geetha.
"It is called 'Unto The Dusk'," says Sajin. “A Malayalam film about an unusual spiritual journey. It is neither art nor commercial. It is just a film I wanted to make."
He chose his hero Sanal Amal from the National School of Drama after auditioning 84 others. His heroine is a Bengali actor called Prakruthi Dutta Mukherji. Shot across 100 locations in Kerala, the film was shot mostly in forest areas. “We would wake up at 3 am and trek for four or five hours and reach the Chembara Peak one day." And wake up on a different location the next day.
“The movie is about the relationship between man and nature."
Sajin worked on the script of the film that has no background score or music and no characters with names. “We wanted to try a novel approach by exploring visual communication."
The experimental endeavour is in its final stage of completion and is expected to release early next year.