Talent coupled with perfection and down to earth thinking best describes Amal Neerad. This movie icon of Malayalam film industry began his career soon after schooling from Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata and Berlin Film Institute.
Amal Neerad has proved his excellence in direction, cinematography and scriptwriting in both Malayalam film industry and Bollywood. He has associated with Ram Gopal Varma in the making of ‘Shiva,’ ‘James’ and ‘Darna Zaroori hai’.
Malayalam movies to his credit are ‘Black’, ‘Big B’, ‘Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded’, and ‘Anwar’. Recently he played the role of lens man, wonderfully capturing a song’s beauty in the movie ‘Tournament’.
Could you please share about your family with our readers?
My family consists of father, mother and sister. We live in Cochin.
According to you where has Malayalam film industry reached in comparison to World Cinemas?
I would tell that Malayalam film industry is in its adolescence. While talking about our industry the factors such as budget, professionalism, competence etc should be taken into consideration. We have our own strengths and weaknesses.
We have 50 percent of real good competence. The other 50 percent accounts to our limitations like, small industry with relatively less professionalism, less budget etc.
We are appreciated in terms of having good story, actors and locations. But when it comes to garment suiting the theme, we are no where to be seen. What is your opinion about this?
During 80’s we had normal and nice clothes that matched our theme and characters. Later our industry was in the trial of wanna be bollywood, tamil or telugu movie styles. As a result we dropped on our style and standards. Also we could not become like them.
Is slow motion your signature?
I am a fan of super natural heroes. I love watching movies based on super natural heroes and action. To me slow motion is super natural and I enjoy that teenage excitement in watching such movies. Also when I watch a movie I expect a ‘Larger than Life Image’ from it. So I try to give the same to the audience through my movies. I won’t say that I would stick on to slow motion forever. After 10 years I might get carried away with other techniques. But I confess that I am a big fan of the super slow motion movie ‘300’.
You are known for your versatile camera angles and shots. Do you think that Malayalam film industry has welcomed it as you deserve?
I would say that the industry has welcomed and appreciated it more than I deserve. If they have not, then I would not have had chances to do these many movies here.
Could you please share your ups and downs in this field?
Cinema is like every Friday everything changes. In such a field the blessing is that I always have a next film. So I don’t think that I have faced anything like ups and downs. I don’t think that my movies are great. I can never watch my movies with the same thrill that I have while I watch other movies. When I watch mine I feel very unhappy, embarrassed and scared. I always feel that I have to improve a lot and learn more to do a good movie.
You are gifted with amazing sense of colour and fashion. What is the inspiration behind this?
Look at me, I am fat and huge, I usually don’t get clothes that fit me. So I am left with no much option. But I take pleasure in clothing characters. I try my best to clothe my characters holding strictly to the theme.
What are your new projects?
I have not thought about anything yet. Usually I take a break after every movie. So now I am enjoying and relaxing that break period.
Could you please share about your Tamil project with Surya?
Nothing has been finalized yet. The project is in its discussion stage.
As you are a hardcore fan of Quentin Tarantino, can Malayalam expect a movie like ‘Kill Bill’?
A story should be portrayed in a believable way to the audience. Even if it is a fantasy or a reality, audience should find it logical. So when I can present ‘Kill Bill’ kind of a movie in a believable way to my audience, for sure you can expect one like that. I always fantasy doing a chic action movie.
Would you like to comment on the issue between you and Raj Zacharias?
Raj is claiming that he has some proofs to withstand the allegations that he is throwing. I would request him to show the proofs soon.
Role Model: No one as such
One word that describes Malayalam Film Industry: Survival of the fittest
Dream Hero / Heroine to work with: Nobody in particular
Your Style Icon: Quentin Tarantino
Direction \ Cinematography: Both are my passion
Photo Credits: Ashwin Koushan