COLUMN: LOCATION DIARY
Director Johny Antony talks about his experiences in the films, ‘CID Moosa’, ‘Cycle’ and 'Thoppil Joppan'
Photos: Director Johny Antony by Sachin Aliathy; the poster of 'CID Moosa'
Director Johny Antony was feeling tense. It was an early morning location shoot, on the outskirts of Kochi, for ‘CID Moosa’ (2003). There was a sequence where Moosa, played by Dileep, was exercising next to his German Shepherd dog, Arjun. Suddenly, Arjun was supposed to see a beautiful female dog and chase her into the jungle. The problem was that Johny had not been able to locate the second dog. But he did not want to upset Dileep, so he kept quiet about it.
At that moment, Johny saw a man going on an early morning jog accompanied by a dog. Immediately, he told one of his assistants to approach the man, and to ask him whether he would allow his dog to be included in the film. “The man readily agreed,” says Johny. “The shoot lasted for an hour. And the dog behaved perfectly. We could complete the shoot in an hour.”
Another film which did well was ‘Cycle’ (2008), which starred Vineeth Sreenivasan. In the film, Vineeth, along with his friend, Vinu Mohan, steal a bag of money from the private financing company of which he is an employee. They are chased by a group of villains, including Jagathy, the late Cochin Haneefa, Sai Kumar and Sadiq.
The crowd, at the location, burst into laughter when he said this. “I decided to put it in the film, because of this reaction,” says Johny. “And, sure enough, in the hall, the audience start laughing when Mammooty says this dialogue.”
(The New Indian Express, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode)