The name Neeraj Madhav invokes some respect in the Malayalam movie circles. He has made his presence felt in all recent hit Malayalam movies. This Eid was a double celebrations for Neeraj. With his recent Ramzan hits- Madhura Naranga and KL-10 Patthu, Neeraj is on a roll.
The characters he plays in these two Eid films are poles apart. Like all the crew members associated with these movies, Neeraj is excited and nervous at the same time. In conversation with Neeraj Madhav:
KL10 and Madhura Naranga
I had a lot of expectations from both Madhura Naranga and KL-10 Patthu. I worked with figures like Biju Menon and Chakochan (Kunchacko Boban) in Madhura Naranga. I got an equally important role as theirs in the movie.
Both of them are known for their on screen chemistry while I am eager to know how I have fit into the equation. Sugeeth, who casted me in this movie gave me a free hand and even encouraged me to come up with my own contributions and innovations. My character in the movie speaks in Kozhikode slang and even that is improvised.
Biju Menon may look like a serious person but he is actually a very warm and friendly person. They considered me as one among them and I am thankful for that. That comfort factor that they gave me helped me to work really well in the movie.
Shooting of the movie was in Dubai for a month and we were all staying in the same hotel. So we used to sit together at nights and discuss the next day’s scenes. This helped me a lot during shooting. The character I play has some depth and the story is based on a real life incident and thus has a lot of scope for performance. After the dubbing Biju Menon rang me up and said I have done a good job and there is a good feel to the character I portray. I was elated.
KL-10 Patthu is entirely different from Madhura Naranga. The movie explores a never before seen flavour of the Malabar region. Dialogues in the movie are in the natural Malappuram slang with its fluent intonation. The song Mayapeydu Puyavellam that is shown in the trailers is an example.
I am paired with Aju Varghese in the movie. We are acting together for the first time after Selfie. Mohsin is a young director and the movie revolves around football, love and so on. If LJ Films is producing a movie, then it means that the script should be good enough. The script of this movie has good value. There is a song that Aju and I have sung that is part of the movie’s teasers. The movie shows specialities of Malabar and its people, their love for food, their concept of food and other such nuances which is otherwise not known to many people outside the region. Aju and I are playing totally fresh characters.
We enjoyed a lot. The shooting was mostly in Kozhikode, Wayanad and their surrounding places. Aju and I went around Kozhikode and ate from most of the restaurants in the city. I even doubt if we have left out any of them.
Aju eats a lot and ensures that those with him also are fed well. While the food was arranged from Rehmat and Paragon Hotel, both of us were also seen out in the streets experimenting the food options available locally. We also visited our relatives and family friends and had food at their places too. We didn’t spare anyone.
Dulquer and Charlie
We don’t share any screen space together in the movie. I have been paired with Parvathy in the movie and it’s a cameo role. I know Martin from the days of the movie 1983 and that is how I was invited to do a role in this movie.
Basil Joseph’s Kunjiramayanam and Thomas Sebastian’s Jamna Pyari. Jamna Pyari is my second movie with Kunchacko Boban. The happiest part is that Chakochan suggested my name for the movie. Both the movies will be released during Onam.
There were news that I got married. That is not true. All such reports came when I was doing Just Married- a movie. There were also rumours that I was doing the lead role in that movie. But the truth is that mine was a supporting role in that movie.