Soubin Shahir is happy in his own skin. He breezed in as everyone’s sidekick. And he stayed. Be it Fakru or Crispin, the “juice, juice, juice … Kummattikka-Mammuttikka juice” man has won for himself a place in viewers’ hearts.
Soubin is one happy man today. He’s in the thick of reel activities with his directorial debut Parava garnering rave reviews and the actor himself looking for time to complete his real-time commitments. A no-pretensions man, Soubin opens up on his dreams and plans to Onmanorama in an informal chat.
How Parava happened
Parava reflects my childhood memories. We used to have competitions trying to fly doves. The dove, which flew the farthest and got back to the starting point, would be declared winner. So we had kids aplenty who raised doves. My Parava is a story of their camaraderie and companionship. I too loved doves and had them for close to eight years.
Doves and kids
I took almost two years to make Parava. One whole year was spent in getting the kids and the doves to take to each other. It was a rigorous training of sorts. We turned to home-grown kids who gave life to the movie when we failed to get the right ones through formal auditions. All the little ones who have done the major roles are all from our neighborhood. They stayed with us for over a year and we taught them all about doves. It was the kids who used to feed them. Filming began only after that and it took another full year to complete the movie.
Dulquer is cool
When I once narrated the story to Dulquer he said he truly wanted to be a part of it. We are very close to each other. He was least bothered about the importance of his role or how long he would figure in it. In fact, Dulquer’s cameo has just about 25-minutes of screen time.
I’ve been into movies now for more than a decade and a half as an assistant and an associate to popular directors. They are my gurus and friends as well. I’d almost zeroed in on another story just before Parava. I was hanging around the sets of Annayum Rasoolum as I wanted to narrate the story to Fahadh Faasil. That’s when it happened! I was compelled into the flick. I’d become an actor. But not for a moment did I forget my dream of making a movie. Well, I’ve done it!
Today, Soubin is up in the skies with his doves.
Also read: Parava movie review