For all of you who have been following him on twitter and reading his movie reviews religiously, here is some news. Journalist and filmmaker Sudhish Kamath is back with his second film. Titled Good Night, Good Morning (GNGM), the movie starrs Seema Rahmani, Manu Narayan and Vasanth Santosham.
In an informal chat we caught up with the cast to talk about the film, their roles and more…
“It’s a conversational film,” starts off Sudhish Kamath, director, GNGM. Set in the bustling city of New York, GNGM is a conversation between two strangers that extends well into the night. This one of the many ‘Indian English’ movies promises not to concentrate on the cultural differences of the protagonists, instead it is a movie about two people falling in love and they happen to be Indian. “This film looks at romance from a more general perspective. The main characters in the movie could have easily been a person of different origin,” says Sudhish.
The interesting element of the movie is that is that almost 80% of the movie is shot in black and white. The reason? “We have tried to capture the old world charm of romance in today’s world. The way we express might have changed, but not the romance,” justifies the director.
Manu Narayan and Seema Rahmani play the lead in the movie. Vasanth Santosham plays a critical role in the flick. All the actors are NRIs or for many years of their lives, have lived abroad. “Being an Indian English film, I was looking for people who could do converse in English better without the put on accent and these people were my obvious choices,” says Sudhish.
Manu Narayan is a critically acclaimed New York based artist who has many TV shows and movies (remember Rajneesh from Love Guru?) to his credit. He is also into music and has toured the world and is the lead singer in his band Darunam. Vasanth Santosham is an actor of caliber with a four year acting training course from the Moscow Art Theatre School, Russia. He is not new to Tamil cinema though. Vasanth was seen in a small role in the film ‘Achamundu Achamundu’. He will be seen in the film Bhopal: A prayer for Rain soon.
Seema Rahmani is no new face to us. She is the host of the show ‘Heavy Petting’ in NDTV Hindu. Again, a talented artist who has spent a considerable time in theatre in the US, she has many movies (loins of Punjab, Banana Brothers…) and plays to her credit. In GNGM, she plays the character of a woman who thinks is strong, but is actually soft hearted.
Quiz the team on how the roles landed in their kitty and they say it was just networking (on facebook and other common contacts) that brought the parts to them. “Back in the US, we mostly used to get offers to play either Asians or sometimes, even terrorists, but it was a nice character that Sudhish offered and I grabbed it!” says Vasanth. So how was it working with Director Sudhish and the reply comes in unison. “It was great working with the team. We have made friends for life!”
The team has wrapped up shooting and will go for post production soon. Watch out this space for more updates.