From getting top actors to wear her costumes, Roshni Dinakar is all set to get them to do her bidding as she will call the shots for her directorial debut in Malayalam.
Roshni’s talent with costumes and accessories is admired across the Southern industries, and she is one of the most sought-after costume designers.
Naturally, when one fine day she announced her directorial venture, it did catch everyone by surprise nevertheless a pleasant one.
She has roped in Prithviraj for her debut, which will be shot in the cool climes of Norway and Switzerland. Direction was never in her wildest dreams; her interest was in production.
Since I have been in the field of costume designing for a long time, I have got the hang of the industry. I wanted to set up my own production house, but recently, I realised that I could write fairly well. So along with writing the story, I decided to produce and direct it too!”
However, her film does not belong to any usual genre. “It is a romance in a fairytale setting and is a very beautiful musical version of a love story, something less explored in Malayalam.”
The icing on the cake was getting Prithviraj to sign on the dotted line, one she considers a big ace in her favour. Prithviraj is a force to reckon with and a game-changer as far as the Malayalam industry is concerned. Roshni too agrees.
“Known for his utter professionalism, Prithviraj is such a committed actor who becomes so involved with everything. He knows every aspect of the intricacies of filmmaking and gives very valuable suggestions. I did have some butterflies in my stomach initially but he liked the subject and has been very supportive throughout.”
The film is entirely set in Norway and Switzerland because of the demands of the storyline. The film will also feature the famed Northern lights and a rock set on high ground, which is fraught with risks.
“The wind is very heavy and the particular area is closed in September because of heavy snow and opens only by March. We have a lot of scenes there and my shoot depends on the climate. I need the green to come out instead of the snow,” she says.
For once, she needs the green through the viewfinder of her camera than on her costumes.