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Malayali filmmaker Jay Janardhan’s Australian comedy series ‘Howdy’ is all about multiculturalism

The pilot episode of ‘Howdy’, which options an Australian forged, releases on Zee5 on October 7

The lifetime of an immigrant in Australia is one thing Thiruvananthapuram-born filmmaker Jay Janardhan is aware of by expertise. Having landed in Brisbane in 2002 to review engineering, he has since made the Australian metropolis his base. After working as an engineer there for a number of years, he enrolled within the Queensland Faculty of Movie and Tv to comply with his ardour. Now, Jay’s Australian comedy drama collection Howdy, which revolves across the theme of multi-culturalism, is about to launch on OTT platform Zee5 on October 7.

“Multiculturalism and racial variety are a lot talked-about in Australia, much more so now. Usually, they’re fairly delicate subjects too. Many migrants take their time to get used to the brand new life however it is usually an thrilling part. Howdy makes an attempt a droll tackle this,” says Jay from Thiruvananthapuram.

The collection incorporates a forged based mostly in Australia. “Howdy follows the goof-ups of an area millionaire, performed by theatre actor Shaun King, who loses his fortune and is now down and out. He’s compelled to maneuver in with three migrants and share their frequent residence. One in all them is a Malayali, performed by Thiruvananthapuram-born actor Naveen Simone who’s settled in Brisbane. One other is a Chinese language man and the third, an Afghan. We get to see the huge cultural variations between the characters and the way they address one another,” says Jay.

Jay Janardhan

The script of Howdy, which has eight episodes, is written by Australian creator Dirk Flinthart. Jay says he went for comedy as he felt that it was a superb medium to deal with such a theme.

The taking pictures, carried out completely in Brisbane, had been accomplished final 12 months and Jay moved to Kerala to work on an unbiased Malayalam mission. Then the pandemic struck and the post-production of Howdy was accomplished through the lockdown interval. “That was difficult because the crew had been based mostly in several cities. I used to be in Thiruvananthapuram whereas my editor, Christy Sebastian (Stand-up, Mangalyam Thanthunanena) was in Mumbai,” says Jay.

A step in a new direction for Vijay Yesudas

After 20 years in movies, Vijay Yesudas says he’s within the cusp of latest issues, together with a New York-style salon for males, Chop Store, in Kochi

As a playback singer, Vijay Yesudas completes 20 years in movies this yr. The son of legendary singer, KJ Yesudas, Vijay says it’s a ‘bizarre feeling’.

The years had been spent pushing himself to study and sing as if every track had been his first, says Vijay, over telephone from his Chennai dwelling. The singer’s debut was within the 2000 Malayalam movie Millenium Stars. “I’ve by no means competed with colleagues. I’ve solely made mates, supported them and beloved their music,” he says, trying again on the journey thus far.

The singer provides that he’s additionally within the cusp of latest issues, partially influenced by the outbreak of COVID-19. He’s turning entrepreneur with the launch of a New York-style salon for males , Chop Store, in Kochi. With enterprise companions, he’s the franchisee for Chop Store in 4 South Indian States. He additionally just lately launched his YouTube channel, The V Firm by VJY, which he intends to make use of for his musical pursuits.

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“Throughout the pandemic, we realised {that a} musician is on the unhappy finish of the meals chain. This can be a financially tough time for everyone, and it’s not simple for us with exhibits being cancelled.”

Diversification of his portfolio had been on his thoughts for someday, and these initiatives are part of the plan to create an area for himself outdoors the movie trade. Concurrently, he has additionally been pondering of the path he ought to take by way of music: launching his YouTube channel is that step in a brand new path. Vijay uploaded his first track a month in the past, ‘Malayalam – Onam 2020’, penned by Rajaneesh R Chandran. Vijay had scored the music for the track.

With nepotism being the catchword of latest social media debates, one would assume that being the son of a legend would have made issues simple for him, however Vijay denies that it was the case. “My songs had been clicking in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada, however in Malayalam it took time. It was 2007 once I received a ‘Kolakkuzhal Villi Ketto’. That’s when issues began turning and other people started to belief me,” he says.

That track within the movie Nivedyam received him his first Kerala State Award for Greatest Singer. It was the primary in a collection of awards; two extra Kerala State Awards got here quickly after.

Vijay’s profession took a detour in 2015 when he turned actor within the Dhanush movie Maari the place he performed the antagonist. This was adopted by one other Tamil movie Padaiveeran in 2018.

When lockdown was introduced he was filming the multilingual Salmon 3D. Vijay says he has been listening to scripts throughout the break. “Actually, I’d have jumped into appearing sooner, however my father informed me to deal with one factor — music. Beginning younger, as actor, has an influence. I began 10 to15 years late, however now the idea of a movie’s hero has additionally modified. I don’t remorse it although, I used to be in a position to deal with music.”