String together some of the most intriguing and exciting scenes to spark the right amount of interest in a viewer – that’s the usual thing with a movie trailer. But the “Jana Gana Mana” trailer shatters this myth with its 4.17-minute trailer that features a single scene. But even then, there is no indication of the crux of the story. Dijo Jose Antony talks about his latest movie, “Jana Gana Mana,” which will be released later this month.
A long break after ‘Queen’
After ‘Queen’, we announced a film, ‘Palli Chattambi’, with Tovino. But did not take off. It was then that Shariz Muhammad, who is one of the writers of ‘Queen’, told me the story of ‘Jana Gana Mana’. I really liked the story. Then came Suraj Venjaramoodu and Prithviraj. Also, it is a film that sees the reunion of the two actors after ‘Driving Permis’.
Prithviraj accepted the stage
One of the highlights of the trailer which includes an explosion was done in one take. If Prithvi hadn’t agreed to do this live shot, it wouldn’t have had that kind of impact. He immediately agreed when I offered to shoot him live. Even stunt master Billa Jagan was apprehensive about shooting it live. We did rehearsals twice and went for the final third take. And it went perfectly well. If things didn’t work out, we were planning to shoot it in VFX and graphics.
The thought behind ‘Jana Gana Mana’
As its title suggests, it is nationalistic in nature. The name itself conjures up certain images in our minds. It can be a character or a situation. You can catch the nationalistic flavors in the story itself. For example, the ACP character played by Suraj is not limited to Kerala. It has North Indian cop undertones. The story also takes place outside Kerala. All characters in the movie can be called heroes and heroines. When you watch the movie, you might feel like the movie is different from the trailer. Besides Malayalam, we use Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and English in the film. It is also released simultaneously in four languages.
Although movies have gone OTT during Covid, I think we’re back to our glorious old days of crowded theaters. Initially, we were thinking of making this film for OTT. But once the film took shape, we decided to release it theatrically. Shariz Muhammad did the story, screenplay and dialogues.
Sandeep Elamon did the cinematography and the music is by Jakes Bejoy. Editing is by Sreejith Sarang. We are also planning a sequel to the movie and have even planned a few scenes alluding to it. No, we’re not claiming it’s a mass film. It will be full-fledged entertainment. A person watching this movie will definitely feel like watching an Indian movie.