Actor Vinay Forrt talks about his experiences in the films, 'Premam' and 'Shutter'
Photos: Vinay Forrt; as teacher Vimal in Premam
the location shoot, at UC College, Aluva, for the film, Premam, in
January, 2015, director Alphonse Puthren gave a piece of paper to
actor Soubin Shahir, on which was written a definition of the Java
software. He then asked Soubin to memorise it so that he could teach
a class the next day.
Soubin pointed at actor Vinay Forrt and told Alphonse, “When people
look at Vinay, they will feel that he is a bit educated. On the other
hand, I don’t look like a teacher at all. So I will become the PT
instructor, while Vinay can play my role.”
that was how Vinay played Vimal Sir. But when Vinay saw the dialogue,
he told Alphonse that the definition of Java was not interesting.
Agreeing with the actor, Alphonse allowed Vinay to improvise.
When the shoot began, Vinay opened a textbook and said, “Java is
simple. It is powerful. It can be robust, too.”
student suddenly said, “Sir, is it like the Robusta (banana)?”
Immediately, all the students started laughing. However, Vinay
felt puzzled. Alphonse was supposed to call ‘Cut’, a minute into
the shoot, so that George (played by Nivin Pauly) and his friends
could barge into the class. “But Alphonse did not say anything,”
says Vinay. “In the end, the entire sequence appeared on screen and
became one of the most popular scenes.”
popular did it become, that when people met Vinay, they would call
him Java. “I had done 25 films before Premam,” says Vinay. “But
it is this one sequence that established my name. Before that, I
played serious and intense roles, and people stayed away when I moved
around in public. But after Premam, people found it easy to approach
in Premam, Vinay had a scene where he sang a Tamil song, ‘Ennavale
Adii Ennavale’, during the college festival. At the conclusion, he
clutched the mike, got an electric shock, and fell to the ground.
However, when the shoot was going on, Naresh (name changed), the man
who supplied the mike, ran to the stage and shouted, “There is
nothing wrong with my mike. It worked perfectly well till yesterday.
It is not my fault.”
took a while to calm Naresh down and tell him that this was part of
the script, and Vinay had not suffered an electric shock. Meanwhile,
the crew had a big laugh.
had a completely difference experience during the shoot for Shutter
(2012). He played an auto-rickshaw driver, Nanmayil Suran, who locked
his friend, businessman Rashid (played by Lal), and a prostitute
inside a room, which had a shutter, so that they could experience
bliss. Unfortunately, soon after, Nanmayil is picked up by the police
and locked up. As a result, he could not open the shutter. When he
was released, the next afternoon, he looked disturbed. To show that
mood, a scene was set up on a railway bridge, up a steep stone
embankment, with water on both sides, in Kozhikode.
camera was tied to my body, facing my face,” says Vinay. A red
towel was placed around his shoulders. The only other person present
was Hari Nair, the director of photography. Vinay started walking
beside the track. A train came from behind. It went past with such
speed that the towel rose up and enveloped Vinay’s face.
turned out to be one of the best scenes in the film,” says Vinay.
“People were sitting on the edge of their seats. They were
wondering what was going to happen to me. Was I going to commit
suicide? When we were shooting the scene, we had no idea of how it
would turn out. But now I know that, sometimes, the best scenes
happen when we least expect it.”
New Indian Express, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode)