The Mollywood actor talks about sprucing his musical expertise throughout the lockdown and composing for ‘KozhiPunk’ with Sekhar Menon
Pandemic or not, Malayalam actor-musician Sreenath Bhasi loves to be within the inventive zone. Whereas the lockdown laid him low quickly, he brushed up his music chops to maintain issues ticking. “In a means, the lockdown initially served as a break as a result of I had been fairly busy [with film shoots]. However quickly, I was caught at dwelling for 3 months or so. Making music was a means of getting out of the stasis,” says Sreenath over telephone from Dubai, the place he’s capturing for Al Karama by debutant director Refiy Muhammed.
Teaming up with musician and DJ Sekhar Menon, with whom he had a notable collaboration in 2012 rom-com Da Thadiya, Sreenath introduced out the music video ‘KozhiPunk’ (Hen Punk) in September 2020, primarily based on a 1971 satiric poem, Kozhipanku, by poet Ok Satchidanandan. With psychedelic visuals and beats, its subtext is darkish, hard-hitting and ostensibly political. “I discover the poem fairly related even right now. We, in actual fact, ended up making fairly a number of tracks throughout the interval, although we launched solely ‘KozhiPunk’. We plan to deliver out the remaining by and by,” he says. Final 12 months, the actor lent his voice as a co-singer for ‘Mathayichan’ within the Fahadh Faasil-starrer Trance.
Sreenath says he had a pleasant musical expertise as a co-curator of the just lately held digital Hip Hop competition ‘Para’ (Say) organised by Kochi Music Basis that was streamed on YouTube. “It was nice to see all these artistes coming and performing underneath one roof. In Kerala, we now have a expertise pool of musicians,” he observes.
On the movie entrance, the actor from Kochi is trying ahead to his first launch because the pandemic within the household entertainer Sumesh & Ramesh directed by Sanoop Thykoodam. “It’s a light-hearted flick revolving round two brothers, Sumesh and Ramesh. I play Sumesh, who’s an unassuming man and Balu Varghese [actor] is my brother, Ramesh,” he explains. His earlier theatre launch was Kappela, which was faraway from theatres a number of days after the nationwide lockdown got here into impact final 12 months.
Sumesh & Ramesh was shot earlier than the pandemic. Nevertheless, the primary movie Sreenath resumed capturing for was House, directed by Rojin Thomas of Philips and the Monkey Pen fame. “In House, I essay the function of a author who tries to end shaping the climax of an essential film. He tries to get his inventive juices flowing in opposition to a decent deadline. The film is concerning the stress he faces,” he provides.
Sreenath says as soon as he wraps up Al Karama, he’ll be a part of the units of an Amal Neerad enterprise. He has additionally signed up for Idi Mazha Kaattu (Thunder, Rain, Wind) alongside Chemban Vinod Jose wherein he performs “a college instructor who has gone mad over politics”. Subsequent up is a venture with Abhilash S Kumar, who directed the ‘KozhiPunk’ video.
The actor says he doesn’t power himself to juggle between appearing and music, as both come to him naturally. “I do not have to strike a steadiness. I try to have fun with both. I need to do all this stuff on the similar time and by no means stick to only one exercise. I am additionally ready for the gigs and reveals to get again on monitor.”
Sreenath has a diplomatic response to the burning query: OTT or cinema? “I love OTT too. There isn’t a doubt that many want catching movies on their telephones. It’s fairly handy. However I definitely love the theatre extra. On the finish of the day, even I need the cinema halls to be up-and-running as earlier than. Isn’t watching a movie on the large display an entirely totally different expertise?” he concludes.