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Kani Kusruti wins best actress award for Sajin Baabu’s ‘Biriyaani’at Moscow Film Festival

Daring and exquisite Kani Kusruti bagged the BRICS finest actress award for her sterling position in Sajin Babu’s Biriyaani on the forty second Moscow Worldwide Movie Competition that was held from October 1 to eight this yr. That is the primary time {that a} Malayalam movie is getting an award on the pageant.

“I dedicate this award to PK Rosy, the primary heroine of Malayalam cinema and likewise the primary Dalit actress in Indian cinema….I see a variety of wonderful actors not being provided characters they might have been wonderful at, simply due to gaps within the present talent-representation infrastructure. I share this award with all of them and hope that collectively we are going to create a brand new tradition of movement image excellence that may present equal alternatives to all actors, no matter their caste, class or pores and skin color,” states Kani.

Biriyaani maps the journey of Khadeeja, essayed by Kani, as she tries to barter her approach to make ends meet in a patriarchal and conservative social set-up. The film, proven from a lady’s perspective, explores how and why Khadeeja rebels in opposition to social and spiritual norms.

The movie was the inaugural film on the Asiatica pageant in Rome, this yr and it received the Netpac award for the most effective movie.

Earlier this yr, Kani had received the award for second finest actress on the Think about Movie Competition at Madrid and was additionally nominated for the most effective actor award on the TruBeCa Competition in New York for her act in Prashant Nair’s Tryst with Future.

In an earlier interview to MetroPlus, Sajin had mentioned that he might solely consider Kani within the position of Khadeeja even whereas writing the script of the hard-hitting movie. He had mentioned that Kani had “understood the character so effectively that there was no want to inform her something extra about Khadeeja”. He provides that he might solely consider Kani whereas writing the script.

Sajin Baabu

Sajin Baabu

Because of restrictions imposed by the pandemic, Kani was unable to journey and settle for her awards in individual. Nonetheless, Kani says with fun that, in a approach, she is completely happy as she doesn’t take pleasure in travelling. “I take pleasure in being at dwelling, surrounded by greenery on all sides,” she says on a telephone name from Goa.

“There are three releases lined up for me this yr: Tryst with Future, Biriyani, and OK Laptop, a sci-fi comedy sequence directed by Pooja Shetty and Neil Pagedar, and produced by Anand Gandhi,” she provides.

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.”

Watch | This Malayalam short film on coronavirus is shot at a real-life Covid-19 treatment centre

Directed by Sajeev Khan AR, tenth Day is predicated on his household’s expertise recovering from the illness at a first-line remedy centre


Final month, brief filmmaker Sajeev Khan AR and household examined optimistic for Covid-19. “Out of 18 members in our prolonged household, 17 had the virus,” he says. Needing help, all of them opted to see out the section at a Covid-19 First-Line Remedy centre arrange at a authorities faculty close to their place at Kadinamkulam in Thiruvananthapuram. His brief movie tenth Day, shot on the remedy centre and that includes real-life individuals in quarantine, is predicated on Sajeev’s expertise there.


“All of these concerned — each behind and earlier than the digital camera — had been Covid optimistic on the time of taking pictures. We had the go-ahead from medical officers for the brief movie. The concept was to see by the angle of a Covid affected person,” he says. By means of the story of a mother-son duo, tenth Day highlights the significance of caring for others, particularly throughout a disaster.

Sajeev says he was fairly involved about well being initially when he entered the remedy centre and thought of a movie later. “As soon as all of us bought used to the state of affairs, I labored on the storyboard. I had my digital camera despatched by a cousin of mine. The gear was sanitised with the assistance of well being volunteers. The movie was shot in two days and I began the modifying on the centre itself. Fortunately, I used to be wholesome sufficient to work,” he provides. His brother Sameer Khan performs the protagonist within the brief, whereas the cinematography was by one other sibling, Safer Khan.

Sajeev Khan AR

Sajeev says it was difficult to persuade others recuperating on the centre to play their half. “Most of them by no means confronted a digital camera earlier than and had been a bit apprehensive initially. Nonetheless, steadily, a camaraderie developed amongst us as all of us had been primarily staying collectively. It felt like a group,” he says, including that every one members of his household have recovered since.

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